My reaction and response to going into the file cabinet to retrieve Kevin's graveside information caught me by surprise. When I reached for the folder marked "RE: Kevin's death," I felt like I was hit by a dump truck of emotions - "Kevin's death" - once again faced with the reality that my son is gone from this earth. Gone from me.
The word "death," is defined in the Merriman Dictionary as "the end of life, exit, passage and passing" and I am comforted and encouraged that the definition includes the word "passing." To die then is to end life here, make an exit and pass into Eternity. And, I know that those of us who believe that Jesus is the "way, truth and life" that He will be waiting for us, His people.
How do I know this is true? Because God tells us in His Word in so many scriptural passages . . .
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life."
"For this is the will of My Fathr, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day." -John 6:40
"Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes has eternal life." -John 6:47
"Jesus said . . . "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" -John 11:25-26
Easter has always been a special time of year, when my spirit and faith is renewed and strengthened. When I think of Kevin now fully awake and free from the earth's gravity and worldly pull, though my heart hurts for missing him, I am reminded that though he is gone from me, he is now present with the LORD!
It's Monday, and with the reality that the penalty for man's sin is death, I am looking forward to all that lies ahead in this blessed Passion week. This is a week to remember and celebrate victory over "death" all because of Jesus, the Redeemer King! Because He lives, I can face tomorrow and say the word "death" with HOPE! Hallelujah! Amen!
With Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie "a mom like you"