We will all experience it. We are usually quite afraid of it. No one really wants to talk about it. When it happens, we all have those usual things we say. They are in a better place. They aren’t suffering anymore. Some even go as far to talk about angel wings and looking down upon us. You’ve all heard them. Those kind of words are supposed to give us comfort. We have all been on both sides. We give or receive those types of words. We want to help each other. We want to create some type of comfort especially when our friends or loved ones are hurting due to it.
It comes with such pain here on earth. It’s so final. It takes away a piece of us most of the time. It may steal from us moments we were hoping for or just a minute or two from a daily routine. It may even take a constant that was in our life. Someone we were sure to see each day at a certain time or one we are in contact with all of the time. Whatever it does to our lives, we know it’s one of those things we cannot deny.
It has come to our family recently. My sister-in-law who was a constant in our lives has gone on. We can celebrate for her as we mourn for us, because she knew Jesus. She loved Jesus. She served Jesus. She was loved. She was needed. She was a supporter, a cheerleader, a mom, daughter, wife, etc. Tammy was one of those people who you could count on. She will be missed as a constant in our lives.
It is something we don’t want to talk about, but we must, because it is something we will all go through. Are we ready? Who knows if we are ready for the actual event. I know none of us were ready when it was Tammy’s time. We are all still in shock. Why? What? How? So many questions. But the main question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I ready for what comes after this last event of our lives on earth?” Am I ready to receive eternal life? Or the other?
I believe the other is why a lot of people don’t want to talk about it. They don’t believe there is something after this life that needs an answer from us now, in this life. Or, they just don’t want to think about it. Don’t talk about it, it’s not there, it’ll go away … or maybe someday I’ll talk about it. One day I’ll think about it and maybe one day I’ll make a decision.
That’s not how it works.
Jesus made a way. He made His way to Earth for us in order to show us the way. He is the way. We can walk up through the cross right into Heaven thanks be to God.
Tammy has made her way. We can be glad for her. We can be sad for us. But we must answer the question that she answered correctly so we can celebrate with her one day. Death is temporary… life can be eternal by just making that decision.
Celebrate Tammy! May you be continuously rejoicing with our Lord now and forever! We will miss you as a constant here, but will be with you again one day.