Misty and I received the call yesterday that our good friend Ona has been told she has 1 to 3 months to live. Misty immediately started to cry and I started trying to process why.
Reading our Bible will let us in on the fact that we were created to live forever. God created us to live forever and we were to live in close communion with God. Nothing was ever created to die. However, sin entered our world and with sin comes death.
This is not the way it’s supposed to be. God has sent his son Jesus to be the cure for sin and death and we again have the ability to live forever in close communion with our creator. However sin and death are still present in the world in which you and I live. Mourning is a natural process for us to move through the troubles of this world.
Ecclesiastes 3 (New Living Translation)
A Time for Everything
1 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace. 9 What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
14 And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. 15 What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.