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 


and dreadful.


Each person's death is unique.

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 an 


occurrence that can change the way 


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 


Ecclesiastes,

"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 joy-ride, from the 


outside, but it is a pointless way to live one's life. God


 does not intend for us to let time slip awawith such 


mindlessness.

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... 


dust.

Death is the ultimate leveler, and it does not

discriminate. Death is the great equalizer, and

perhaps one of the most constant things in life

that all of us will face.

Regardless of our race, creed, color, ethnicity,

income level, age or any other factor, every

being still has one thing in common: we will

all die.

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.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

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 


remembered for." 

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, to be “Absent” from the body 

means, at death, the spirit is separated from

 the physical body and moves immediately

 into its eternal abode with God forever.

For the believer, 


we believe death means...transitioning.


It means... 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... with God.

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