To Die Is Gain

What if we looked at death differently?
Without such finality,
because it's not the final act!
Without such sadness,
because it's the most amazing adventure of all!?!

Where funerals are truly celebrations.

Celebrations of life, it continues on.

There is by far more around us than what we can see;
our lives on earth may be finite
but our lives go on, beyond this place.

Adventure awaits!

With this knowledge; perhaps, when death calls our name
we can face it with bravery and courage;
because it's unknown,
but at peace because we know Who holds us,

Who has gone before us.

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator
for all I have not seen."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

On the other side of death
is life.
A tomb cannot hold us,
only our bodies lay there.
Our souls are free
to soar,

to dance,
to sing;
no restraints,
only glory!

"For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).

This doesn't mean we hasten death,
we ask for it,
we seek it out,
or we take it into our own hands;
we've been given life, on earth, for a purpose and a mission.
We've been entrusted with life to make God,
Jesus Christ,
and the Holy Spirit known;
fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).

We live for Him
knowing the experiences we have on earth,
the everyday miracles He gives, 
are all gifts.
They mold us,
grow us, 
and shape us into reflections of Him;
when death calls, 
He calls for us too.
Once again, we'll be made new.

To die is gain,
Heaven our reward;
"Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:21a)

For those left behind, until heaven bound: 
Cry, because you miss your loved one,
but allow joy to come as it may;
the small miracles gifts, 
love is near;
new life awaits you too.

Death is never the end of anyone's story;
a different time,
a different place;
Love remains.

1 Response

Jean Postema
Jean Postema

September 18, 2015

Beautifully written.

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