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The loss of a friend we've experienced this week made me reflect on many things;
...life, death, friendships, relationships, time, health, things to do...and many other things!
With all the pondering and reflections, I was brought to Jeremiah 29:11.
As I was flipping through the pages in my Bible my fingers led me to the following words,
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
What a beautiful reminder! With all the things I've been thinking alot about...all the questions...Jeremiah 29:11 answered them all for God is the ultimate answer to everything I was asking/searching for. Truly He knows what is best for us and He has plans for us. We just have to live according to His will.
And death, is something we may have to learn to embrace. Joseph Cardinal Bernadin said it well in his speech delivered at Georgetown University last 1996, he said, "...As a person of faith, of resurrection faith, I see death as a friend, not a foe; and the experience of death is, I am convinced, a transition from life to life, from grace to glory."
My faith allows me to face death with an open mind and open heart. But acceptance of death comes in several forms. I am ready for it. I can die and be with my Creator anytime...and I can leave peacefully and happily. But, if I will be facing the same question on losing a loved one...I most of the time has to struggle...as for the most part, it is easier to die than experience loss/ death of a loved one. But faith is not just acceptance on what our future holds...but it is also about trusting the lives of our loved one unto Him. Easier said than one I know...so everyday I pray for God to deliver my loved ones from harm, and that should He has other plans for them, I also pray that He rest his arm on my shoulder so I will have strength to accept His will.
This post will be a start of a new process in my life. Something I have been trying to run away in the past...I will understand death. I will get to know death. For I believe it is only then that I can embrace it.
What about you? How you see death?
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