Death is Precious?

Death is Precious?

We lost another sweet saint in our church this week. This lady was 82 and suffered from dementia, taking her away from regular church attendance for quite a while now. My pastor/hubby never ceases to amaze me at how he can find just the right words for paying tribute to one of his flock. I’ve […]

A New Body

A New Body

Earlier this week my grandfather passed away. His death was not a complete shock, since his health had been declining for the past few months. These last couple of days have been a whirlwind for me and I don’t know if I’ve fully processed his demise. I am comforted in knowing that as the word […]

Thinking About Eternity

Thinking About Eternity

Today I will conclude my discussion on life after death. When we depart this physical earth – our family, friends, social clubs, church associations, volunteerism – That’s when life will truly begin for us. SHOULDN’T WE THEN BE THINKING ABOUT ETERNITY?   Should we not be deciding if we want to spend eternity   in […]

In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

Continuing from last month: Let’s turn to 1st Thessalonians 4:13 – 14 and read what it says: 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that […]

Sister’s Homegoing

Sister’s Homegoing

Right after Thanksgiving, my oldest sister died. If a death can be called beautiful, hers was. In her last hours, family and her special friend were at her side. She knew us early that morning, and we like to believe she heard and felt our prayers, our touch, our singing, the Christmas carols played in […]

Defining Family

Defining Family

My mother-in-law, Phyllis, passed away this past Friday. My husband and I were blessed to know it was coming and were able to be with her at her passing which was very peaceful. Although she had suffered with Alzheimer’s for the last 8 or so years, she was still able to interact with us in her own […]

In the Midst of Loss

In the Midst of Loss

Grief isn’t a respecter of persons; it doesn’t mind who you are or where you are. It comes in the stillness of night and the chaos of the day as you daze into the surroundings of continued life while your world comes to a screeching halt once again, as the reality of loss reminds you […]

God Sees Our Tears

God Sees Our Tears

It’s Ok To Cry  “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15 NKJV). The bite is missing from the morbid scenario of death when you are distanced from its finality. Death is projected across the airwaves in movies, television, and the internet. More than ever before visions of […]

Are You Ready?

That’s a dumb question, when asked in the context from which I am speaking. None of us are ever ready to lose a spouse to the finality of death. I say finality because for the duration of our finite time on earth, that level of companionship is gone. Your marriage partner is a linked to […]

No One Lives Forever

No One Lives Forever

During my Bible study this morning I meditated on Hebrews 9:27 “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” “No one lives forever,” I said aloud, “at some point everyone will die and leave this earth.” Then I thought, “Um Enoch and Elijah didn’t die”. I pondered that reflection…But they […]

Die Empty

Die Empty

“The wealthiest places in the world are not gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks. The wealthiest place is the cemetery. There lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted… In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential. There is a treasure within you that must come […]

I’m an Orphan

I’m an Orphan

Sounds strange, when I type those words, “I’m an orphan,” but it’s true, here on earth anyway. It was only two months ago that I wrote about the anniversary of my dad’s passing twenty years previous. Five days (and twenty years) after he left this world, Mom joined him and all of her other family […]

Goodbye Friend, I Will See You In Heaven

Goodbye Friend, I Will See You In Heaven

Two weeks ago my friend of 20 years passed away. Suddenly. Too quick for any of us to get a grip on the thought that she could be gone, let alone absorb the fact that it was true. It still, even today, seems impossible that I can speak about her in the past tense. She […]

To Lighten Our Way

To Lighten Our Way

Many of us look back on our lives and stand in awe at the trials and sorrows God has allowed us to experience. I believe the purpose for this is so we may admire what God has done for the betterment of our souls. He has not taken us through these heartaches so we can […]

Pet Lessons

Pet Lessons

“I don’t like this anymore,” she cried. “It’s not the way it used to be with him,” she lamented. “I don’t think I can do this.” Tears streamed down her face in sorrow. She was 12 and her beloved dog was wailing and nipping at her in his pain. As I sat and watched my […]

Does God Hear Our Requests?

Does God Hear Our Requests?

My son died by suicide eleven years ago on March 16, 2004. I suffered emotional agony, and after a time it felt like real physical pain. My stomach and my head ached. My skin no longer fit, and I thought it would suffocate me. Worst of all, my heart hurt within my chest and I […]

Days of Wonder

Days of Wonder

I nestled into the window seat, nose practically touching the glass, eager for a glimpse of the world outside the plane’s climate-controlled interior. It was not my first flight, but maybe you wouldn’t know that if you sat next to me. Whenever possible, I angle for a window seat. I like watching people, sure, but […]

A Long Season in the Wilderness

A Long Season in the Wilderness

Joshua, our youngest child, was diagnosed at the age of fifteen with a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis. Our happy boy turned into a philosophical teen while the disease slowly disabled him, thwarted his dreams, and spiraled him into depression. One cold evening soon after Joshua began freshman classes at our local college, we sat […]