Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28
Several friends and acquaintances of mine have recently been diagnosed with terminal illness. I feel such sadness and heaviness in my heart for them – but I never know the right words to say. I think back to the time when my dad had terminal pancreatic cancer. He was dying and we all knew it. I tried to remember what it was like to be on the other side of the situation – as a family member. I don’t remember a lot of what people said – but I remember more of what people did. It was the same thing when my mom passed. People shared of themselves – they shared light and love when I was a mess.
Everyone was kind and encouraging to me – but a few people actually DID things and I remember that. When my daddy died, a sweet lady in our church not only sent flowers, she included a little ceramic pumpkin for me to keep after the flowers died. I let her know I thought that was real nice of her. When my mama passed, even though there were not that many people coming to our house, our pastoral family went above and beyond the call of duty to provide sandwich stuff! Oh my we did not go hungry! I remember my sister-in-law and brother-in-law washing dishes and thinking that was so kind of them.
If our loved one knows the Lord, we know they are going to be alright. We know that they are going to Heaven where everything is just right. The soul does not die – but lives on – but the family that is left… well, they are left here to figure out how to begin a new “normal”. I always ask God how I can help them do that. I ask God, “What can I DO for them?”
When families suffer loss and are at their lowest, isn’t that when Christian folk can shine the light of Christ in their lives in a very real sense? Words are fine, but actions are better and make more of an impact on their lives. After a loss, everything is fuzzy when you’re trying to listen to kind words. Most of the talk just flies over your head. You hear what people are saying, but you’re just so grief-stricken, you can’t process what’s being said.
So – how do you avoid hell and make Heaven your eternal home? Open the closet door where you keep the secrets and sins. It’s not easy to show God what is inside your closet. Think about this though – He already knows about it, so… who do you really think you’re foolin’? We are so human – but the good news is… He is so GOD! If you ask God, through His Son, Christ Jesus, to forgive you of your sins – He is faithful and just to do it. Trust Him for the rest of your days – and for the time when this life is over.
I pray that you know the Lord as your personal Savior. This life is brief and these bodies are so very frail and fragile, aren’t they? I also believe we are living in the last days (I see some of you rolling your eyes) – yeah, I know I’ve said it before – but I’m going to say it again. Be ready, for you know not the hour. Did you know that Jesus doesn’t even know? He’s waiting for the Father to tell Him when to come get us outa here! It would be selfish for me to say I hope it’s soon because many are not ready – and He doesn’t want any to perish in hell. He wants everyone to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and ask Him into their hearts and lives. THEN – only then will the peace of God wash over you and your life will never be the same. The peace of God surpasses all understanding. I hope and pray you know HIS peace in your life. 🙂