“WHAT IS DYING?”

                                      “WHAT IS DYING?”
“I am standing upon the seashore, a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her, until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud, just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, “There, she’s gone.”  
Gone?  Where? Gone from my sight, that is all.  She is just as large in mast and sail as she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of fright to the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.  And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There she’s gone.”
There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There she comes.”
And that is dying.”

  I do not know who wrote that beautiful description about dying, but I do know that it blesses my soul.  I use it in most of the funeral services that I conduct.  People are comforted by it.

  Can we talk?  Death is not some morbid subject.  It is an inevitable.  The grim reaper will cut us down sooner or later.  Our bodies go back to the dust from where they came.  Some people wonder about cremation as to whether it is right or not.  Cremation just hurries up the process of the body returning to the dust.  I find nothing in the Bible that speaks against it.  It is a matter of choice. But, understand, we are talking about the body, not the soul.  Tender memories are connected with the body, so it makes it difficult to give it up.  Our hearts still cling to this flesh, because we cannot disassociate it from the beloved one who dwelt in it. But, it is only the worn out garment, which our loved one has laid aside.

  The soul (spirit) is a whole different matter.  That which is really us goes to God.  We believe in God, who is the Judge of all the earth, that He will do that which is right.  Our God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in time of trouble.

  We must leave judgment entirely up to God.  God alone, decides the fate and destiny of man, in His infinite wisdom and mercy.
Man cannot judge the state of another human being in his relationship with God because man looks on the outward appearance of man, while God looks on the heart.  None of us, no matter how hard we try, can really know the inner struggles and battles that go on in an individual’s heart.

  God is love and it is out of love that God judges man.  God judges the soul of man out of motives, desires, intents, and inner struggles of the being.  You can rest assured that God will do that which is right.  Be sure to leave this matter of eternal judgment entirely up to God.  

   Jesus speaks to the heart of His followers:  “Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am.”        John14: 1-3

One Response to ““WHAT IS DYING?””

  1. Bro. Max,
    THanks for your insight on dying. As they say, the two inevitables are death and taxes. Both are bound to happen -and I am glad our ministry can help people through the death part; taxes they’ll have to take care of themselves!
    Burying children is the most difficult for me!But to quote a wise person: “Sorrow is inevitable – suffering is optional. And life goes on…
    We have been richly blessed. At our age, we reflect on how great the “trip” of life has been!
    Keep on “sowing the seed” of the Gospel, and we’ll do our best to do the same!Lord bless you and yours today in every way and all the way, Norman Able

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