Death. A brush with it certainly puts people in a reflective mood. When someone close to us passes away, it’s not uncommon to feel regret – could we have done anything to prevent the death; could have we spent more time with the person; could we have avoided saying the last hurtful words we said to the person which we really didn’t mean; could we …; could we …? Or else, we start to question why – why did death have to come so soon to such a wonderful person; why was it so sudden that there wasn’t any time to say goodbye; why …; why …?
Thankfully, for those who believe in Christ, death is but a temporary separation. We may feel sad that the time we have on earth is limited, but the time we have beyond death is eternal. There is no need to feel regret, no need to question why. We pass on from this life to a better place. A place without sickness, pain, or suffering. A death may have happened, but let’s take the chance to celebrate life instead. A celebration of the life the departed lived, as well as a celebration of the lives those remain can still enjoy. Surely that’s what the departed would want of us instead of mourning over a dead body, which is but a shell of the spirit that is truly us.
‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”‘ – John 11:25 (NKJV)