In this last week my family and I have gathered together to say goodbye and celebrate the life of my mum. It has caused us to reflect on the big question of life and death and where we see God in the midst of our human experience and life here on this earth.
It has helped us put in context this ‘three score years and ten’ we have on this earth. It has brought home the reality that we come into this world with nothing and surely take nothing with us when we leave it.
‘The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’
And yet it has also re-affirmed my faith and trust in God - that he travels with us in the midst of this life and then calls us home when our time is come. Like the Apostle Paul, ‘For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.’ This is the reality of our faith.
Death is not something to fear or to be prematurely embraced. It is but a part of this life and our eternal walk with our God who promises to be with us for ever.