We suffer all kinds of pain, illness, and loss. Life is a constant struggle, but we cling to it with all our might. Praise God: Heaven is nearer!
This morning, I read some difficult news regarding the health of one of my blogging friends and brother in Christ. Physical death comes for each of us. It takes on many shapes and differing attacks, but nonetheless, it comes.
Our time here is limited. Not one of us knows when our last breath will be.
Thinking about my friend and death in general, led me to write the following.
Heaven is Nearer, the Time Draws Nigh
Heaven is nearer,
And the time draws nigh,
For those made righteous to rise
For to live is Christ
And our gain it is to die
Yet we battle and cling to this life
As though it were the one dearer
Surrounded by its strife
The stabbing of its knife
Our thoughts not of the fight
But to those we love
With whom we wish not part
But death is not the end
No, it’s just the start
For the redeemed will together sing
For death has lost its sting
Oh, yes! Heaven is nearer!
The time draws nigh.
Jesus Mourns: Heaven is Nearer
We mourn the loss of loved ones. We struggle against illnesses and situations that assault and threaten our lives. We dread the end of the journey.
And, it is normal to do so.
Even when we know something better is coming.
How so? Because we miss or will miss those we love.
Even Jesus did.
John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.
Excerpt of [truth version=”niv”]Matthew 14:12-13[/truth]
John the Baptist had just been beheaded. Jesus withdrew to a solitary place.
Now, it does not say that Jesus mourned uncontrollably, but it does indicate that Jesus wanted to take a private, solitary moment to remember John.
Alas, the crowds followed Him, and instead of a private moment of reflection, Jesus fed the 5,000 and shared the Truth with them.
Take this Moment: Heaven is Nearer
What’s my point?
I’m not sure.
We struggle with death and dying. We want to live. We want those we love to live. It’s in our nature.
This is not the end. It’s just the beginning, and the best is yet to come for those who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ!
Even though we are dying, even though those we love are, we must live!
Let’s not just stumble through our limited days on this earth dreading what we know had/has to come.
Let us live in such a manner that even as we struggle with loss, we proclaim our gain!
It’s true. Heaven is nearer! The end draws nigh. All the more reason to live! Let us find joy in the moments and memories. Let us live with purpose and determination. The battle is not over, but the victory has been won!