Rest in Peace

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Can we talk? Are we alone? Good, because there’s something I need to say to you, and it would be better if there were no distractions.

You and I are going to die. Take just a moment and let this sink in. Someday, our eyes will close, we will draw our last breath of air, and our heart will strike its last beat. It will be over.

A day later, our loved ones will sit down with a minister to discuss our funeral service. They’ll decide which hymns should be sung and who will deliver the eulogy. Then, prior to this service, there will be a time of visitation when people will file past our casket. They’ll stop and gaze at our body. Some will shed tears. The brave ones will touch our cold hands.

Regardless of how old you and I are today and how healthy and strong we are feeling at this moment, death is a sure thing for you. (And me.)

Death happened to Moses. And like a good eulogy, we read some pretty remarkable things that were said about this man when he died. “No prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face . . . No one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did . . .” (Deut. 34:10-12).

There were also some sobering things about Moses’ death. In spite of his tireless leadership from the brave days back in Egypt to standing on the cusp of Canaan, Moses was not allowed to actually set foot in the Promised Land because of his public display of disobedience to God (Num. 20:1-12). He was given the chance to see the land from a distance, but his feet never stood on Canaan’s soil. This must have also been mentioned about him when he died.

It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it . . . a summary of a man’s entire life compressed into just a few words?  It hardly seems fair, does it? But that’s just the way it is.

So, back to our funerals . . . what will people say about us? What are we going to do today that will be completely forgotten when we’re gone and what will be remembered? What trivial things should we overlook today and what should we pay special attention to?

The powerful challenge this brings is the challenge to live today with a new perspective.  Someday, our earthly lives will end. So, it would be a good idea to express your gratitude to God for His incomprehensible gift in the person of Christ. Then, take an extra moment to tell your family how much you love them. Remind the people you work with how grateful you are for their hard work. If you live for many more years, these things will still make for a special day today. 

But, just in case you don’t have a tomorrow, imagine how thankful these people will be because you took the time to tell them how deeply you love them.