There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.C.S.Lewis
Life is full of ups and downs much like a roller coaster -this we know well. In a perfect world there would be no sickness, no death, no struggle, and no heartbreak. When I had my first born son, I remember thinking to myself; “How can I keep my baby boy from getting hurt?” And after several therapy sessions, Emergency Room visits and crying spells, I still haven’t figure that out. All I know for certain is that life is hard and suffering is predictable -although we do not know when it will come, we can certainly predict that it will indeed come.
As I grow older, I am starting to experience that unavoidable trajectory filed with bitter goodbyes, as grandparents, parents, and dear friends arrive at their live’s finish line. Is not fun, and as much as you tell yourself you will see them again in heaven, those of us left to continue our own journey, face the incursion of what seems like never-ending seasons of mourning and inevitable sad funerals. Still all we know for certain is that life is difficult, and that no matter how hard we run away from it, suffering will most definitely find us.
How does one keep him or herself from succumbing into deep depression as he or she gets closer to the other side? I don’t know how you handle it, but I spend a lot of time having intense talks with God -you know, the shameless kind! I follow a “bucket list”, and I am pro-active in creating meaningful moments with my loved ones; making memories that will inspire and encourage them even after my time comes. Sadly, some of us are good at living, but not so great at dying. Believe it or not, our loved ones watch our dying days just as much as they have watched our living days.
Today, I want to comfort you by cheering you on. Dying, for those who are terminal, does not have to be abhorred. It can be beautiful, if we adjust our way of thinking about it. It is up to us to help ourselves, as well as those close to us to face their own mortality with hope and confidence. Although, we know for certain that life is hard and our suffering predictable, Psalms 116:15 says “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” And so, why don’t we inject some brightness into such a dark subject. Find joy in the time you have been given near those who love you well, recognizing that God is faithful, and that every day is a blessing!