Celebration of Life

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What Is The Ultimate Celebration Of Life?

Written by Tana

celebration of life

 

The celebration of life event has just begun. Looking across the room, there is an elderly gentleman sobbing periodically. His daughter keeps her arm around him. He loved his wife of 61 years, but she was taken from him six months ago because of cancer.

 

The pain still present as he remembers their life together. He had always tried to be a good husband and look after her throughout the years, but especially so the last few weeks together. He sobs for their life together that has ended.

 

I pray for him. I ask that the Lord would comfort him, reassure him that though it is painful, it is only a temporary separation. She and he had accepted the gift of salvation offered by their Lord Jesus Christ. They did that years ago and the strength of their faith brought joy and triumph through difficult times. I asked the Lord that He would encourage this gentleman.

 

I imagined his wife in  heaven looking down upon his aching heart that longed for her. Clothed with her new heaven perspective, she smiles because she knows she will be with him again, but she also wells up with such an all encompassing love for him that I can’t quite explain from this side of heaven.

 

Our life on this current earth is not easy. We face many unpleasant and downright painful challenges, but praise the Lord, it will not always be that way. We have a forever home that will far outweigh whatever current challenges might be. We have a place that awaits that will be tailored just for our uniqueness that God has given us. A place where we will live with family and friends in harmony, joy and even wonderful adventure. This is not wishful thinking, this is told to us in God’s word.

 

We have a reason to be hopeful. Hold onto the joys of heaven that will be far beyond that what we can imagine now and it will give us strength to endure today. Do this, but also enjoy all the gifts that God has for us on this current earth. This might be different for everyone and vary depending on where you are on your journey. Don’t you love to see loved ones enjoy a gift you’ve given them, how much more your heavenly Father? This could be numerous things in any given day, week, month or year…

 

Not gone forever. Simply gone on ahead to help prepare for the eventual reuniting, never to be parted again. -Tana… Click To Tweet

 

One of those special gifts for this man was his wife. Though their lives were not without difficulties together, their lives were tremendously blessed to have each other. By the end of this celebration of life event, this man was smiling, his soul uplifted.

 

It was like he knew his wife was celebrating their life together with him that evening. You could sense an overwhelming peace had come over him. He understood that though they are missing each other now, it is temporary. She is not gone forever. She has simply gone on ahead to help prepare for their eventual reuniting, never to be parted again. That’s the ultimate celebration of life.


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