Let’s not kid ourselves, our time is limited. Although we now have all these advancements in modern (and alternative) medicine and have successfully increased our average life span, we will all die. Contrary to the famous saying, the only thing sure in life is death. Wow, ok, that was morbid.
Well, maybe it’s morbid if we believe that death has the final word in our lives. And by “lives” I mean our influence, contribution, and the effect that we have made in our communities and world. If we believe that death will squash all that, then yes, it’s morbid. Because then, we really will end in death. Everything we are, everything we’ve done, everything we’ve created. Done. Over. Kaput.
However, God’s promise to us is that death does not have the last word. Death doesn’t claim us. God claims us by love, and our lives continue on as we are all included in something much larger than ourselves.
This truth, this good news, this gospel frees us to live life fully, knowing that who we are ends not in death, but lives on for eternity in the community of the Holy Spirit, the church of Christ, the kingdom of God. Death does not win, love does! Thanks be to God!
Lord, may we live our lives informed by Christ's victory over death. Amen. — NF