1 Corinthians 15:55– O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (NASB)
Her body died today, August 26th, at 3:45 a.m. Judy, my sister, is gone. Our shared memories are now only mine. Prolonged illness, painful suffering and an early death at 52 were part of her worldly package.
Cancer is so limited. It took her life, but it couldn't take away her credentials as a loving wife and mother, compassionate nurse, dear sister, and special friend. It couldn't take away her dignity, the respect she earned from colleagues, or the love of her family and friends.
Death, too, is limited. It cannot stop love, or memories. It can't take away the eternal life God offers to each of us who believe in the birth, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus. It can't take away the eternal life that my sister and I will spend together with Jesus.
Some of us have been busy hesitating. We haven't made the very important decision about where we would like to spend our eternal life.
Some of us have been, in effect, making that decision for others, simply because we haven't told them about Jesus.
The time is short. Where will we spend eternity?
2 Corinthians 5:1 – For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven — God-made, not handmade — and we'll never have to relocate our "tents" again. (MSG)
Prayer Eternal Father God, Maker of all things, Creator of more than we can ever ask or know, thank You. Thank You that under Your hand, death has lost its sting. Thank You for the promised hope of eternal life. In Jesus' name. Amen.