img_3805Listening to testimony yesterday puts this statement right in perspective. Nobody expects to lose a loved one at 34 years old, have their entire life change in a matter of seconds…

In their words: “I would not change a single moment but I would have replaced all of the insignificant tasks that took me away from more time together.”

This hits pretty deep wouldn’t you say?  How many insignificant tasks, worries, activities do we all spend time fretting about when at the end of the day, none of any of it matters? There is not a single activity that matters when death hits, other than connecting our hearts with each others.  Anything else is meaningless…it’s that simple.

Interesting my devotion today was again this topic of death which is definitely not a topic most of us like to acknowledge until we are forced to face it.  But it definitely requires us to face some truths.  Here is the thing ~ people are willing to spend billions to extend human life, to defy death, to somehow escape it.  But here is truth ~ Our physical bodies will die, every single one, no matter how much money, denial, living without hope we put on the table, none of it will ever change this fact.

But Jesus overcomes all of it for those of us who put our trust in Him.  Our bodies will go but the rest of us will never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever die.

In John chapter 11, Jesus is traveling back to Jerusalem to get to Lazarus who is ill and dying.  His sisters are grieving and begging Jesus to cure him.  Jesus knows Lazarus has already passed and when he arrives, Lazarus had already been buried for four days.  Naturally Lazarus’s sisters were upset Jesus didn’t arrive sooner to help.  Isn’t that human nature, we are upset at the world right?  But they still believed Jesus was their savior.  Jesus wept over losing Lazarus. Did you hear that?  Even Jesus, grieving over death.  This is a normal emotion, seeing death is one of the most painful if not the most painful experiences of life and even Jesus cried uncontrollably. But then, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.  His physical body, alive again.

John 11:25-26 ~ “I am the resurrection and life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.  They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish.  Do you believe this Martha?”

Do you believe this peeps?  It’s that simple.

From my Jesus Always Book, February 28.  The last enemy you will face is death.

I have to say I do have a little anxiety with all of this death talk especially given multiple devotions all in a days time.  I don’t know, perhaps it’s my time to go soon. I used to be terrified about death but I’m not as terrified as I used to be.  I no longer feel alone because I have faced a grief process, a death if you will for something that never truly existed.  Whether tangible or intangible, grief is a normal human emotion.  Jesus made sure I felt his presence through all of it, I am not alone.  As hard as this was, it is a blessing because I I feel Him near.

Or perhaps this is just His reminder to remember what is really important and let go of everything else. I get the point. We can surround ourselves with a lot of meaningless connections but the only thing that really matters is Jesus.  And with more Jesus is a filled heart.

Just maybe it helps you too Loves.

Loved By Grace,