Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Do you know where we're headed to?

I thought I had it all planned out, all set and all scheduled. At least that's what my PDA told me. I was to cook dinner for the gals (Gwyneth, Erica and Eveline) at 6pm and then we're to head out to have a couple of rounds of tennis and squash, perhaps even swim at 8pm. It was not to be. Dinner was pushed up to 5.30pm, Squash and tennis was never played. Instead we found ourselves at "Garden of Remembrance" a Christian Columbarium attending a vigil service tonight. A fellow church sister's grandma had passed away and she flew back in from Dublin.

Once again I am reminded that death is a reality and it comes unexpectedly. No one can say for sure when it'll come. Am I too young to die? (Nope, at least not biologically) What eats me most about non-Christian funerals, is how clueless people are about where their loved one has gone. Everyone trying to get a good priest or good funeral procession to "escort" the dead to heaven, a better place in hell or to be reincarnated as some animal. What more can a priest who can't save himself to heaven do for the dead?

After all the rituals, crying and burning of paper possessions, are we really sure of where our loved one has headed to? God's word says that our bodies will wear and give way one day, but our souls are eternal.(Luke16:19-31) Are we then sure of where our souls are headed to?

16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son
~John 3:16-18

John 3:16-18 tells us exactly where we are all heading to. God has told us that we all will go to either 1 of 2 destinations. verse 16 tells us how to get to heaven and verse 18 tells us how not to get to heaven.

Jesus said "...and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this? "(John11:26)

I do. And I'm comforted that I'll get to see the people I love again in heaven. If you get there before I do, watch out for me, I'll be there by and by.


gwyneth said...

amen! i will, and maybe even ask God if i could 'chope' a mansion for you near'd be great to have such a cool neighbour like you! do look out for me too, if you get there before i do : )

Quinton said...

haha.. so u can always come over to eat pasta? Glad to have you as a neighbour too.. I'll watch out for you if I'm called home before you. Meanwhile, let's always be found ready and never lacking in zeal in God's service.

magdalene said...

You finally have a blog.... gwyn and ur blog are so inspiring and encouraging