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When Death is a Blessing – Seeing Past the Emotions of Death

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When is death a blessing?

Is it right for death to be an answer to prayer?

A few years ago I wouldn’t have known how to answer these questions.  I’m still not sure that I fully understand but I think I have better insight today than I would have back then.

When my grandfather died over 17 years ago I didn’t see it as a blessing. I was hurt, angry, alone and I felt abandoned.

Looking back now though I see that his death at that moment in time was the best thing that could have happened to him.

The strong, humorous, loving man I knew was there no more.  His body was too weak to participate in life any longer and the drugs he was on made it near impossible for his spirit to shine through.

Death was a blessing.

I know a wonderful, godly woman who is praying for her death.  At 95 she is frail, too week to even sip her hot chocolate or even hold a conversation.

Death will be a blessing.

How Death Is A Blessing

My grandfather knew where Home was.  Our dear Gigi knows where her Home is.  They know that the eternal life they have with Christ will be far better than the last days of their earthly life.

I think I understand that when you reach a certain point in your life, when you have seen the best days on Earth and you know where you’ll be spending eternity death is a welcome event.

Don’t misunderstand, looking forward to death is not the same as suicidal thoughts.

Gigi has been asking the Lord to take her home for probably a year or more.  She rebounds health-wise and we, her family and friends think shes doing well and may wonder why on earth she’d still want to die. I think it goes back to knowing that the best years of your earthly life are done and what lies before you in death is a far greater joy. 

When one has sucidal thoughts they are wanting to control when they die, figuring out how to die, planning their death or wishing they would just die.

Looking forward to death as a believer in Christ means you know where your home is, knowing what lies ahead in death and also knowing that your death is in His hands, His timing.  The last part is probably the hardest.

I had an opportunity last week to minister to Gigi, to read the word to her and pray for her.  She wanted to go home (as in with the Lord) but my prayer was not that He would take her now but that He would give her peace and strength to endure until He was ready for her.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” ~ John 14:1-7 ESV, emphasis mine

While Gigi may want to die, to be with the Lord, the timing of her death is totally in His hands.  If her place, her room is not yet finished He will not take her Home.

Sudden Death, Still a Blessing

I have to believe that even when someone is taking suddenly from us, if they had a relationship with the Lord then their room was ready and it is a blessing for them to be at Home.

I don’t pretend to understand why children die or loved ones are suddenly taken “too soon” but I think if we see past the emotion and the human nature feelings of sorry and grief we can see that as believers they are in Heaven for eternity which is a far better place than anything on this earth.

I will be sad when Gigi goes Home.  I will cry, that’s the way I am.  But through the tears and sorrow I will see her worshiping her Daddy in heaven bright and vibrant for eternity and I will thank the Lord that death is not the end of life but the beginning of a better one.  I will thank Him that death is a blessing.

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Comments

  1. Vic Sluys says:

    Here’s an interesting thing; I was scrolling through my facebook news feed, praying, “What do I do after she dies?” (A little girl (almost 3) is in her final days after a long battle with brain cancer). And as I finished that sentence you post showed up.

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