This post is a tribute to my grandmother, mom’s mon who went to be with the Lord 02/06/2018. I am in the states while most of my family are miles away. She was the last grandparent remained on both sides. My grandmother lived a long beautiful life.
For the past six or so years she went into a complete life transition. Her body was breathing but her mind and soul were some other places. Every time we thought she was about to leave us, she proved everyone wrong. She outlived a few of her children and several grandchildren. She fought the good fight.
As I was reflecting her life upon receiving the news, at first I suffered a sense of loss and grief. And even though at her age, and what she has been through this news shouldn’t have been surprising, but whenever someone passed on, no matter how old or sick they were it touches those close to them in a way nothing else can. Its a life’s no more.
Without shifting focus from a tribute to my grandmother the question remains: what does this mean to us? What is the significance of this to those left behind–children, grandchildren, extended family and friends?
I realized it’s not much about a person who passed away rather it is more about those remains in the land of the living.
Where are you going to spend eternity once either your temporal tent is torn down or upon the return of Jesus?
Are you going to a building, a mansion from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (2 Corinthians 5:1) or you will be heading to Gehenna (Matthew 23:33) where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth?
Jesus saw death during His earthly life. He attended some and wept also. But whenever He went to comfort mourners, He did it by raising their loved ones from the dead. That was the case with His friend Lazarus (John 11:43) as well Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41). As for everyone else He said, “let the dead bury the dead” Luke 9:60. In other words, Jesus is the life (John 14:6), and the resurrection (John 11:25). Anyone who believes in Him, He said, “though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Those who reject His offer has no place in Him.But whenever He went to comfort mourners, He did it by raising their loved ones from the dead.Click To Tweet
Jesus, as your personal resurrection is asking you today, “Do you believe this?” John 11:26.
If you believe, then you MUST live for Christ. For “He died for all so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” 2 Corinthians 5:15.
Therefore, ask yourself while you are breathing, am I living for Christ?
As long as you have the breath, you have an opportunity to make things right with God through His Son Jesus Christ. When time to tear down your tent comes, you will be at home with the Lord.
Celebrate IF your loved ones went to be with the Lord. But if they were not right with the Lord then their end of life on earth is a sad event.
My beloved grandmother lived well. We will surely miss her. And that’s a tribute to my grandmother.