Death is the final stage, the withdrawal from the external
world, the termination of the biological functions that
define a living being. It is the constant, changeless ending
of the vital processes by which we are sustained. This
occurs when life leaves the physical body.
Of all life experiences, death and
bereavement are considered to be the
most disturbing, confusing, alarming
Whenever or however death takes place, every loss brings
its share of pain, disruption, changes, and challenges.
The thought of death unnerves many people. Even the
most secure and devout believer can have occasions when
they dread and/or fear death.
But believers have no reason to fear...
Death is a fact of life. It is a tragic
occurrence that can change the way a
family functions in any culture, and it
is the destination we will all share.
No matter how rich or poor, how
accomplished, knowledgeable, or
refined one may be...death is
inevitable for us all.
Death is no respecter of persons. It
comes to everyone. It is a natural
cycle of life. It is the culmination of
all that our lives have been.
The Bible is very clear in pointing out that there is a point
when life on earth will end. The Scriptures tells us in
"To everything there is a season, a time
for every purpose under heaven"...
Our time to transition may come much later than we are
expecting. On the other hand, it may occur much sooner.
Some choose to laugh in the face of death. When, in
reality, they are actually afraid... preoccupied with some
impending disaster, which leads to their philosophy of...
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”
1 Corinthians 15:32.
Their existence may appear to be a joyride, from the
outside, but it is a pointless way to live one's life. God
does not intend for us to let time slip away with such
We can only enjoy life in the light of our relationship with
God, for apart from God, we are nothing.
Throughout history and around the world there exists one
experience which can more likely bind mankind together...
that experience is death.
Death breaks down every difference
in humanity until we are all the same...
The tragic and unpredictable days of death,
sorrow, and grief are inevitable life events
all cultures share and share alike.
God has made everything beautiful in its season.
There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven ~
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.
Each of us travels a path to an inevitable conclusion.
Life’s journey will, someday, carry all of us
to the distant shores of the great beyond.
The late, Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple
and Pixar Animation, said the following
at the commencement address he gave at Stanford in 2005
(shortly after his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer):
"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to
heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the
destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And
that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the
single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It
clears out the old to make way for the new.
Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from
now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared
away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. But lest
we work ourselves into a real funk and start wondering
what’s the use of anything, let’s not forget that while we
all may be equal in death, it’s what we do while we’re
living that really matters. This is what we’ll be
1955 - 2011
Live while you are alive!
The future is now!
For the believer, our days on earth
are just the beginning of our existence.
Death is not the end...
it is the doorway to a new life of serving God.
For the believer,
we believe death means...transitioning.
passing through the gateway to another dimension...
to our eternal home.
May we love our loved ones with a Holy detachment,
so that when the time comes,
they will be free to go to their eternal home...