The other day, I had this vision. It was vivid and shocking.
As I walked through the cemetery, down the rows of tombstones so neatly in line, and as I passed by each marker, I could hear songs of rejoicing from some; screams for help from others. I lingered long at those stones that sang out with Hosanna! Hosanna! As for the others, a chill coursed through my veins. At those stones, I did not long remain. I looked at the name on the stone from which the mourning came and a tear fell from my eye.
For those who pleaded for help, for rescue….why was I so sad? Because I could do nothing to help them.
I’ve looked into the eyes of men soon to meet their God. In some, I’ve seen great anticipation, a shining brilliance as the Light of the World comes to carry them home. Other eyes stare in deep fear. They see the darkness closing in upon them.
Every day, I am so reminded that there is an end to life. Solomon summed it up so well in his Book of Wisdom, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2. “There is a time for everything…a time to be born and a time to die.”
So we might ask, “What about the in-between time?” Here’s what I think. It’s a time in which we prepare.
Life is short and there is indeed a purpose. That purpose is to worship God while we yet breathe. Then at the last, we can worship God when we breathe no longer.
One day, when I walk by your tombstone, what will I hear? Will loud Hosannas ring forth, or will a tear well up in my eye?
If you don’t know, or if you fear that blackness is closing in on you, please call me. I can do something now. I will share Jesus with you. He alone is the Light of the World.
Blessings to each of you this day,
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.