The Last Breath On This Earth

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When You Take The Last Breath On This Earth, What Then?

He devoted most of his adult life to teaching people about Jesus, why He came to earth and what He did for us. Who knows how many human hearts were touched by his life? Seeds planted or seeds further watered leading to the sprouting of a person’s faith.

 

Now at 82, his time to leave this earthly home was approaching. Of course, his family and those around him were saddened by his imminent departure. They all knew the separation would only be temporary, but their lives had been so entwined for decades. A husband of 61 years, a brother for more than that, a father, grandfather and friend. So many roles, so many lives affected by his departure.

The last breath on earth

 

Death can be so bittersweet. Who would deny the joy that the departed will experience in heaven, but oh how one’s heart aches at the void left by their loved ones absence. We know grief is such a part of life, but knowing so doesn’t make grief any easier.

 

He tidies up some details to make sure his loved ones are taken care of before he leaves. Shortly after, his body starts shutting down. It is getting close now. He is weak and no longer has any appetite for food. Systematically, his organs start shutting down. His family senses that he will be leaving soon. His spirit or essence of who he is and has been will leave the body tent he was given for this earthly life. Away he will go, but when will he arrive at this place we call heaven?

 

As his body prepares to release him, it still holds on with its strong survival instinct it was created with.  The body continues to weaken, but is struggling to keep working.  Yet, it is a losing battle. It eventually gives way and he is finally allowed to leave. The body takes it last breath and he is gone. But where?

The Last Breath On This Earth

God’s word tells us very clearly in the Bible that when our body dies, our spirit is raised. The spirit we are given is who we are, housed in our earthly tent. It doesn’t die, but is raised. When we take our last breath on this current earth, our next breath is in paradise.

 

His body puts up a little final struggle, breathing rough and irregular, then he exhales. The family waits by his bedside for his next breath, but it is not forthcoming. He is gone now. He wanted to stay, but was ready to go. Though sad to leave his family, He knows his Lord and Savior will continue to take care of them in his absence. So, he exhales for the last time on this current earth.

 

Exhale on Earth, Inhale in Heaven

He then takes a deep breath in and opens his eyes to a brand new world, of which he has never seen before. The beauty around him is exhilarating. And with a playful grin on their faces, the two angels with him point to someone a few feet away.

 

It is Jesus just looking at him, smiling with a love that makes his body shudder with an overwhelming awe. He doesn’t know whether to fall on his knees, sing or be quiet. He is paralyzed with a joy that has left him unable to do anything.

 

Jesus meets him where he is and embraces him. He is filled with a flowing peace and reassurance. Then Jesus brings over his mother, father, brother, son and some other family members who had gone before him. It was a reunion of fabulous proportions.

 

Death can bring much difficulty for the person leaving and also for the people left behind. What reassurance though that our Father in heaven loves us and wants us to be with Him in fellowship forever. So much so, that from the beginning of time, He had a plan through our Savior, Jesus Christ, to provide a way we could be reconciled and be part of His family forever.

 

What comfort it gives to know that the pain we feel in losing a cherished loved one will only be a temporary separation. We live on with confident anticipation of our time to be face to face with Jesus and be reunited with the loved ones that have gone before.

 

“If you are struggling with grief or wish to share something special about your loved one, you are welcome to do that here. ”

“I hope this brings reassurance to you if you have lost a loved one.  If it did, would you consider sharing this with others?”


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