"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21
very profound words hold such an impact. One Sunday, as our Pastor was preaching from this text, he
began to cry. He said as he studied this passage, the realization
of his mortality grabbed him. He wrestled with the fact that he really
wanted to see his children grow up. He wanted to be here with his
family. And yet, the scripture teaches that to die is gain.
by day, as we each walk the pathway we are to go, life just seems to
keep going. Until we are stopped in our tracks with the loss of a loved
one or friend. It's then that we start thinking of the "other side".
12 years ago, on a Sunday morning, during the middle of a raging
hurricane, my BFF lost her battle with cancer and walked into the arms
of Jesus. I have missed my sweet friend all these years, but on that Sunday,
the Pastor's message brought a sense of peace to my heart. Diana was such a special friend. We were friends for almost 20
years. She always encouraged me, with unconditional love and always with a smile. It is selfish of
me to want her to be here, when she has gained so much more. As she
reached out her hand that Sunday morning, she left behind her tired body
to walk with Jesus. I can almost picture her, in my minds eye, looking
back at all of us and saying, "It's all right, I'm whole now."
8:35 states: “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever
loses his life for my sake and the gospel's, will save it” (ESV).
Jesus Christ offers you the greatest freedom - in learning how to die, we learn how to live.
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