"The length of our days is seventy years-- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away." - Psalm 90:10
Death is a very real part of living. Sometimes it happens suddenly and sometimes we expect death. But the truth of the matter is, no person is ever ready to hear that a loved one so close to them has been passed on. Death makes everything stop.
I remember day trips to the local wildlife preserve to see all the animals. I remember spending the night and hearing the grandfather clock ding every hour. I remember staying up until the ripe ole hour of 9 o'clock to watch re-runs of Kenan & Kel. I remember a full candy dish of York peppermint patties and a room full of large and sometimes very creepy dolls. I remember Thanksgiving and Christmas and how there was never a short supply of food. I remember that being silly was never forbidden, ever. I remember that at yard sales, the marked price was never good enough and how there was always a way to get things for less. I remember her saying "I love you sweetheart and I'm proud of you." I also remember the last time I saw her that day and how I couldn't breathe when my mom told me that I would never hear my grandmother say those things every again.
The scripture above is encouraging and very blunt. Firstly, life on Earth was never meant to be forever, ever since Adam ate the forbidden fruit, so our average life expectancy is about 70 or 80 years. Not only is life fleeting, it is painful and sorrowful. But death only hurts those still living. It isn't until we have lived, fulfilled God's plan, and died that we can experience heaven. I know my grandmother flew away to a better place on the 12th of September because it was her time and now she is at peace.
We as citizens of the world shall live as people of God on earth, fulfilling our purpose here until we are called to fly away and be with him.
This was very hard for me to write, but I hope those that have experienced the death of a relative can relate and that this scripture is both encouraging and real to us all.
love you guys,