“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except Death and Taxes”
Early last year, a friend’s mom passed away. A few months after, I attended another funeral and not long after that, a friend’s dad fell seriously ill. It left me distraught. I talked to my mom about it and she said, “It’s the circle of life. You are born, you live, and you die. And for people my age, we are slowly coming to our end”. She is right of course. Ben Franklin was right too. Everyone eventually meets their end (although some earlier than expected) we all go through the same story, albeit with differing twists and turns. You’re born, you live, you die.
After that talk with my mom, I remember thinking, “Oh thank God that my parents are still far from that”
, but months after, my father fell into a roller-coaster of health problems that eventually took his life
. Death comes to everyone, eventually. And sometimes it comes when you least expect it. I remember when he was getting seriously ill, that I was beginning to bargain. I initially asked the Lord for 10 years, begged for 5 years and at some point wished he would make it, at least until Christmas 2015. But of course he didn’t.
In the following months, I began to understand death even more.
Let’s Talk About Death
Anyway, a week ago we said goodbye to an aunt and the subject of death was brought up again. A cousin kept excusing himself, “Sorry if this is so morbid” but I said, “It’s okay, we have to talk about these things”. We have to talk about cemetery plots, memorial plans, cremation, coffins and so forth. We have to understand that in the culmination of our lives, these final arrangements have to be made in advance, because the burden of a loss is heavy enough for family.
Life in this Earth is not permanent. We are born. We live. We die. On the day of my aunt’s cremation I posted this photo with the caption, “The beauty of flowers, like life, is but fleeting. One day you’ll wilt away”.
Everyone dies. Are you prepared for your inevitable exit from this Earth? Have you made all the physical arrangements (i.e. funeral plans, memorial lots, burial conditions, insurances)? Have you spent enough time with people you love? One thing about my Father’s death, however fast it all seemed, was that God gave us three months to be with him. Two nights before, I was cleaning his dentures and brushing his teeth. You see, I didn’t know it was the last time I would be doing that, and now I remember it all the time.
Death is sad. When you lose a loved one, the days, weeks, months and years following that day will be a momentary struggle. But it’s not necessarily the end.
So What Now?
Have you ever wondered where you’d go after you expire on Earth? What happens after you take your final breath–after your body is lowered into the ground and buried under the dirt? Many people will say, “I don’t know” and death becomes a scary thing. But what if there is a way for you to be sure?
The promise of salvation is not something that a lot of people understand. Life after death is something that people would rather not touch, but not when you’ve truly grasped the meaning of salvation. It is said that the story of the death and the resurrection of Christ is one of the best established facts of history. His death, has brought deliverance and redemption from sin–and through him, a way to heaven was given.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10: 9-10)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and it is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2: 8-9)
Salvation is something we do not deserve, but it is given to us. The ultimate father, we are offered a chance to be with Him in paradise, we just have to believe. Isn’t that amazing? Anyway, I’m sorry if I brushed on the topic of death today, but like I said to my cousin, “We have to talk about these things”. We have to talk about cemetery plots, memorial plans, burial conditions, insurances, life after death and salvation.
Oh yeah, I didn’t really want to talk about taxes…