I will pull the wool from your eyes…
“I have seen a lot of deaths but when I come here, the dying is different.”
A hospice nurse recently visited a dying sister in our convent. As she sat with the sister, she noted the peacefulness of the room. She said to me, “I have seen a lot of deaths but when I come here, the dying is different.”
Religious life naturally tends toward dying. Religious accept death in the vows, giving up good things—a life partner, material goods, and individual autonomy—as a sign that God is enough. St. John Paul II wrote in Vita Consecrata that “it is the duty of the consecrated life to show that the Incarnate Son of God is the eschatological goal towards which all things tend, the splendor before which every other light pales, and the infinite beauty which alone can fully satisfy the human heart.”
Religious life is a special sign of the life to come but living for heaven is not exclusive to any vocation. All Christians are called to live their lives in a way that declares that God is enough and that God is the goal toward which life tends.
If any where to experience even momentarily what is to be after we pass away and the spirit is in splendor and unimaginable glory of our Heavenly Father. Leaving here would not be so difficult. No, suicide is rewarded, greed is rewarded…love/Love is rewarded. We reap what we sow.
We have choices, we are given the power to decide:
who/what are you? https://kenboa.org/spiritual-formation/who-does-god-say-i-am/
Yes, we jump right in mitts off and point out the obvious! Loved/loved ones can wait for us where time ceases to exist! Here on Earth all is determined by ‘time‘
Existence after ‘death’, are you ready? https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-life-after-death/
Amazing grace? How sweet it is, that redeemed someone like me…
There are two schools of thought believers and unbelievers, each with their own reason or premise. I would ge ignorant if I did not acknowledge fact! Faith is what it is. Hope! We live in hope. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Each is rewarded according to their faith.
…When they found Him, Jesus said to them, “According to your faith, let it be to you.” One must please God to receive from God. Faith pleases God Hebrews 11:6. Everything you receive from God is predicated on your faith. Your faith is the substance of your hopes.
No faith? NO hope! AND we shall each be rewarded according to your level of faith.
God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” Romans 2:6
Have family admitted to the hospital with little hope? Share faith with them and see them soon! Where they go, there is no ‘Time’.
What even when we’ll can we expect when we cease to be here? Where do your memories go? In each of us are decisions – what we do with and in our lives, desire what you did not work for? Your reward is permanent. While here, we have a chance to make decisions, they determine what becomes of us…
Ever seen a graveyard? The ovens the Nazis used to rid the planet of vermin – there was joy in meeting The Maker! Fear, yes! Thanatophobia, or fear of death, is a relatively complicated phobia. Many, if not most, people are afraid of dying. Some people fear being dead, while others are afraid of the actual act of dying. However, if the fear is so prevalent as to affect your daily life, then you might have a full-blown phobia.
Again, we live in and with hope. What is hope?
- A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information”
Want something to happen or be the case.”he’s hoping for an offer of compensation”
“Hope” is commonly used to mean a wish : its strength is the strength of the person’s desire. But in the Bible hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.
I wait for The LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope. Psalm 130:5; My soul longs for Your salvation; I hope in Your Word. Psalm 119:81; For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever, Amen. Psalm 9:18
Right quick, let us pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.
And before we go Home:
The fear of death is one of the Devil’s greatest deceptions. Praying for the grace to resist the enemy’s lies throughout our lives can strengthen us for the final battle.
O Lord Jesus,
pour into me the Spirit of Your Love,
that in the hour of my death
I may be worthy to vanquish the enemy
and receive The Heavenly crown. Amen.
For you champions – health care workers from the cleaners to the intensivists:
My soul sings praises to You because of who You are and how awesome You are. Even in the darkest moments You are there, in my patients‘ room You are there. Father I thank You in advance for their divine healing, Amen. Dear Lord, I look to You because what I see around me is death, pain and loss, renew my spirit I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.