I read this is a new book sister in law Kelly gave me, and thought it is pretty fitting.
"No more death"
Someone pointed out that every birth certificate comes with a death certificate attached. In the Bureau of Statistics, there are equal numbers of birth and death certificates for everyone. Everyone who has been born eventually meets the undertaker, though we prefer not to think about it.
But there is very good news. One day no more death certificates will be filled out and no more funerals conducted. Death will be defeated forever! Isaiah tells us that God "will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations, he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces....The Lord has spoken". (Isaiah 25:7-8)
No matter where you go in the world-death brings heart-wrenching pain. It's been the same since life began on this earth. But how marvelous it will be when there is no more death! God will swallow up death forever! Never again will death take those we love, for death itself will be no more.
On that day God will not merely say, "Don't cry.". Like a loving parent who takes his weeping child in his lap, He will wipe the tears from our faces. But when God wipes away tears, they will be gone forever. What a day that will be!
Isaiah days that in that day, "No one living in Zion will say, 'I am ill'" (Isaiah 33:24). You will never have to watch someone you love go through the intense pain and suffering that comes from some incurable disease. You'll never have to sit be by a bedside while a dear one loses strength and life, for illness will be no more. We won't have to say goodbye anymore to those we love. We'll be reunited with friends and family who are already in the presence of the Lord because they have gone on before us.
We can't avoid that an equal number of birth certificates and death certificates are issued in the world where we live. But through Christ Jesus, we are each entitled to a "born-again certificate that has no correspondent equivalent in the world of death. Be patient for a little while longer. Death will eventually be defeated. As Isaiah said, "The Lord has spoken"!
I thought at first this was harsh, but I kept reading and I'm glad I did! The fact that our lives when lived for Jesus have so much more meaning than a little peice of paper saying we lived or died, is AMAZING to me!
Grandpa Ray, we love you and will see you again someday....tell Grandma Violet & Grandma Vonda we love them!
B shared this song with us today......this is how I'll end for today!