Facts Of Life... And Of Death

  • Nov. 13, 2006
  • #6401

Joni shares about how the death of her mom is a reminder about how fleeting life is and how importance it is to examine our hearts.

Even though my dear mother, Lindy Eareckson, passed away six years ago, there is hardly a day that goes by that I don't think of her - and my thought always brings a smile. I get a twinge, though, when I think about those dark days right before she passed away. 

When my mother reached her late 80's, she suffered a series of strokes, which left her very confused, mentally. She didn't know who my sisters and I were. Mom became a shadow of her former self. I would sit by her bedside when she was ill and I'd recall happier days of standing with her in the backyard to watch the sun go down, or harmonizing with her on her favorite hymn, or helping her cook Maryland crab cakes. 

Strange how we expect the parade of life to go on forever; and when it finally runs out of steam, we feel cheated, as though someone should have told us life was this short, life was this hard, this... final. But death is supposed to be hard. Perhaps it's supposed to be a taste of hell. Let me explain what I mean. Romans 6:23 tells us that "... the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

If the wage of our sin is death, could God have in mind for us to feel – I mean really feel – a little tiny taste of what the Savior bore on our behalf? The process of dying is so difficult, so bewildering and painful... and I think that through it, God may want to remind us of what sin would have earned us, had it not been for Christ. I guess the throes of death are our birth pangs before we enter heaven's bliss. I know these are sobering thoughts, but the facts of death often can be as harsh as facts of life.

Friend, maybe a close member of your family – maybe your mother or father – is declining rapidly. Well, when a loved one dies, it should be an alarm clock, it should be a waving red flag, warning us, 'Wake up! Wake up! Examine yourself! Have you made your peace with God?' 

Or on a wider scale, when a natural disaster strikes, killing many, the alarm should sound louder. I can't say what God has in mind with untimely deaths, but I can say we are all heading for the grave, some of us sooner than others. All of us, children or adults... and that fact alone should make us sit up and take notice: what have we done with Jesus? What if our bodies were declining rapidly? What if we were the one dealing with a series of strokes? Will we be ready? Think about this today. Are you ready? And if you are, can you please help a loved one or friend better prepare for the inevitable? Is there someone you know who is facing death... and heading the wrong way?

The home-going of my own mother helped me to grasp like nothing else, how brief, how fleeting, our days really are. So, friend, today, may we all have a sense of urgency to share the Gospel with friends, with loved ones who do not know our Jesus!


© Joni and Friends

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