TITLE: Don't Cry, We are All an Offspring of a Deathless Soul
By Eyvonne Black
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Don’t Cry, We Are All an Offspring of a Deathless Soul
Being tearful because a loved one has died is a natural reaction for most people. Even Jesus wept when he heard his friend Lazarus was dead, although He had every intention of resurrecting him (John: 11v35). Experiencing a loss in death is sometimes so painful that frequently people are traumatised and seek counselling through a series of talking therapy or worse scenario, get so trapped in grieve that living as normal is no longer a choice, but a discarded memory.
For true Christians, we handle death much is the same way; a tearful reaction. However we live in hope that after death we will be resurrected to Everlasting Life (Romans: 6v23 NIV). We speak and sing to encourage the idea that there is life beyond the grave. ‘Heavens open door,’ ‘The pearly gate’, Streets paved with gold’ is some of the lyrics we express. We call that place of hope Heaven, our home.
I have vivid memories of music my father played every Sunday morning as we made ready for Church. One song writer and recording artist I will never forget was Jim Reeves and one particular song I remember was titled ‘This World is not my Home’. A song that secretly confused me, because it emphasized the point that we are ‘just passing through and that to me said we did not belong here on earth. Then it continued with, ‘treasures are laid up [Heaven] somewhere beyond the blue [sky]’. I couldn’t understand the sorrow that was expressed when someone died knowing that they appeared to be going to a better place after death. I felt when someone dies we should be happy and look forward to joining them. The Bible give sound evidence of this promised hope at Hebrews 11v13-16 where it speaks of men, who lived by faith, saw them self as passing through ‘as pilgrims’.
‘ These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth’ (Hebrews 11v13KJV).
Jesus Christ gave the said promise to his disciples, before He ascended to Heaven. John 14v2-3 ‘.........I am going to prepare a place for you .......... that where I am going you also may be’.
So why do we cry? Speaking from experience, it is because memories seldom die and good or bad, if the person had an affect or influence on your life you will have a reaction to the loss. I remember when my mother died I did not feel tearful, because I really didn’t know her. In fact having the knowledge that she had died gave me tearful thoughts by imaging my dad in her place. The good times become prevalent while the bad times become a faded memory. Having knowledge of Heavenly hope for some Christians still find them in a wailing condition, death to them still appears to be the final existence of man, as the idea of Heavenly hope seems so far away.
Today I view death as it is; a Celebration rather than a commiseration. I see myself as being blessed having known the one that has passed. I now have a better understanding and spiritual appreciation of death. James Allen in his book ‘So a Man Thinkth’ puts it this way ‘we are the offspring of a deathless soul’. There is no death, just a transition from this life to the next. When I close my eyes I see them asleep experiencing an Eternal rest until ......... Yes the flesh will decay, but the spirit lives on and is given back to the One, Almighty God who gave it.
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