Death is not something we talk about much. It makes people uncomfortable and sad. Most people feel that it's morbid.
However, for someone who is sure in their faith and salvation, death is not something to fear. If we know Christ, than we realize that this body is just a shell and we will truly be alive when we go into His presence.
Yesterday, Dan & I attended a party for someone who is dying from liver cancer. Her friends threw this event to celebrate her life and so that she would know before she goes how much she was loved. The wonderful thing about this celebration was that Dan had the privilege of leading her to the Lord a few weeks ago. She knows where she is going. It was wonderful to see the absolute joy this woman exuded.
I told Dan that if I knew ahead of time that I had only a short time left to live, that is how I would want to go.
With a celebration.
Edited to add: In direct contrast to this, I just found out a few moments ago that my father passed away last night. I didn't have a relationship with him. He didn't know the Lord nor did he want to hear about it. No matter how many times I reached out to him, he would not reach back. I'm saddened that I didn't have a relationship with my dad. :-(
Today I'm thankful for Blessings #556-570
♥ The celebration of a life.
♥ The opportunity to complete many crafts this week.
♥ A wonderful time of fellowship at church yesterday.
♥ Girls who came back from camp excited about their faith.
♥ Gifts of flowers, green beans, eggs and squash.
♥ The opportunity to go to 30 hours of reading instruction training for free.
♥ Listening to someone share their heart.
♥ Seeing hearts touched by the Lord.
♥ A never-ending supply of entertainment around here.
♥ The smell of fresh baked bread.
♥ Laughing so hard my stomach hurts.
♥ Tea with a friend I haven't seen in months.
♥ Participating in the local community market.
♥ Seeing how the guys at the firehouse look out for my son.
♥ God's word which instructs and challenges me.