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Death Surrounds Me

shutterstock_34614568I am surrounded by death. Friends from grade school, high school, church, and even my own back yard have died in these last six months. It seems all I’m talking to Megan and Julie about is death these days. I could attend two funerals this weekend if I could be two places at once…KC and Dallas.

My family is all too aware of the end of life. I never imagined our conversations would be centered around this topic, but the recent suicide of a close friend has forced the subject. The girls and I sit and discuss heaven, death and life. These are heavy subjects for a 17 and 13-year-old, but necessary so they can process their friend’s suicide. Their close friend committed suicide on the night of November 9, 2014.

As we sit and describe our time on earth and how short it is, I have to explain the fact that heaven is our true and final home. Eternity with God in heaven is where we all want to be. We all belong to the Lord and death is that threshold we must cross to get to Him, but it must be on His terms. He gave us life and he shall take it away.

I’m trying to use all these real-life examples to teach my girls the lessons of how we live our daily lives. Each day is a gift from God to be spent wisely. Let’s not waste the time we’ve been given in frivolous arguments, hate or wasteful activities. Smile often. Perhaps I’m a bit too serious, but my own mother’s death in 2012 opened my soul to the reality of these facts. My own diagnosis with cancer in 2012 was also my personal warning…be watchful!

Let us ponder often the reality of life. We are here but a short time on this earth. I don’t know about you, but I want to be in my Father’s House for eternity.

John 14:1-4 “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 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. You know the way to the place where I am going.”