Written by Sheila Hughes
Life is precious, a gift from God
Give thanks to Him each day,
Enjoy the time with your family
Who knows when we’ll be taken away?

Death is one of those sure things
For everyone will have to die,
None of us look forward to it
We’ll miss our loved ones and cry.

All is not lost for the Christian
We have hope we’ll see them once more,
What joy then will fill our hearts
They’ll be waiting at heaven’s door.

What a great reunion on that day
Awaits God’s children who are sealed,
Never again will we be separated
Sin gone, joy replaces those grief-filled.

Jesus died to give us all life
He loved us more than we’ll know,
He left behind His Holy Spirit
So, all His children in time will grow.

I think the hardest thing for me to write about is to lose a child to death. I personally, thank God, have not lost a child myself, but I was still a child when my mother and father lost their first-born son, (my brother) in an automobile accident. It was a devastating scene for my sister and myself to witness. Mom grieved so much that I feared we would lose her too. The imprint of those memories was ingrained in my mind so much that years later when Mom was blessed to have another son I began having nightmares of him getting through the gate at our farm at a very young age and making his way over the hill to our pond, where he fell into the water. I knew he couldn’t swim. My feet were glued to the ground, and I could not run and catch up with him and save him. I dreamed that horrible dream over and over again and could not understand at that young age why I was dreaming the dream. Later on, when I grew older, I realized what a horrible impact that my brother’s death and the fear of losing my mom too had upon my sub-conscious mind. I felt so helpless not being able to run and save my brother in the dream. The odd thing is, the brother mom had after the wreck is the one I had the dream about, but he is fine. I guess I didn’t want to lose him too like my older brother. That whole incident affected our family in more ways than one. But, with God’s help, and the help of friends, we got through it in time. None of us will ever forget what we suffered due to the loss.

Life is precious. Our loved ones mean so much to us. People carry around grief of a son, daughter, brother, or sister who have perhaps died in the war, disease, drugs, senseless killing, only to mention a few. We will never forget them. Christians have the hope of seeing our loved ones again who have died. What a great day that will be! Growing up I was taught that people who take their life (suicide) will not be in heaven. There is nothing in the Bible that says this if they accepted Christ. Christ will not abandon them. The only unpardonable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matt. 12:31) which is outright rejection of Christ as Savior. But the person who dies “in Christ” (Rom. 3:24) is sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. (Eph. 1:13) even if he has no opportunity to confess before he/she dies. The horrible consequence, however, is the (effect) the death has on family members left. Also, that person who took his/her life will miss out on the plans God had for their life.

Emotions we must deal with and keep going. We live in a fallen world, due to sin, and pain and suffering we all will have to endure. May God help us all.

Sheila Wells Hughes, May 28, 2021, # 1,033

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