Honor Life, every life has honor and is precious. There has been the passing of many in the last few weeks, Nelson Mandela, was 95 and will be greatly honored in the next week before his memorial service. There have also been deaths of other famous people and some who are not so famous. Their lives are precious and deserve honor also. There are parents who have lost their children to a terminal illness, children that have lost parents tragically. Birth and death, we go through each day vaguely aware of birth and death happening around us unless it directly affects us personally. We just observed that it has been 50 years since the assassination of President John Kennedy. I was twelve years old, but I can still remember seeing it all on television and being sad for Caroline and her brother John loosing their Dad. Caroline had to endure loosing her mother and brother also. Death changes life in ways we can’t imagine until we are faced with it.
I have lost a child born prematurely and a brother who was killed by a drunk driver. I was forever changed by these losses, but also blessed by their lives. Dealing with death makes you a stronger person. It gives you a perspective you would never be able to have if you never had to face death. Death should also result in a celebration of life; honor and gratitude for the life that made you a better person. There is death that is never a solace, but a hurt from painful circumstances. This too makes us better people because we strive to improve our relationships. These bodies aren’t immortal. We aren’t promised tomorrow. There is no tomorrow, there is only today. There is so much we can do with today, so much we can give thanks for, so much we can give to others. God gives us life, and He decides when it is over. Life is really a blink in light of eternity. Please make sure you take time to think about your eternity and be ready. It could start tomorrow, which would be today. Nelson Mandela has begun his eternal life, he will be amazed at those that have gone before him. I look forward to seeing my daughter, my brother, my grandparent’s and my uncle and cousins. Their lives impacted mine, and I bring honor and appreciation to their lives. I thank God that I can know where I will spend eternity. I thank God for Saving Grace.
So I will continue to honor life, give thanks for those who fight for my freedom, sacrificing so much for others. Honor in birth and death, celebration of those who have given so much. It is about our relationships after all, nothing else really matters. Honor and Gratitude for life.