Death and Heaven

Yesterday we were all shocked to hear of Robin Williams’ death. I guess it was because it seemed so sudden and unexpected.

I think death makes us feel helpless and inadequate. Our lives are basically on “auto-pilot” until all of a sudden someone dies and we remember that life doesn’t stay the same forever—people die and one day we will die too.

Sometimes a person’s death makes us wonder if there’s something after death— do we just live for a few years then get buried in the ground and that’s it? Or is there really a place like Heaven?

I’d like to think that we go somewhere else after we die. I try to imagine what Heaven will be like— a place with no crime, no illnesses, no fear, no frustrations, no sadness, no gossip, no bullying, no negativity, no phoniness, no hatred, no hardships, no “keeping up with the Jones,” no pressure, no anxiety, no evil.

The Bible tells us that the only way we can go to Heaven is to cling to Jesus Christ and to acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

I hope to see many of my friends and family members in Heaven.

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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Death is not the end

Today the Rucker family laid to rest their beloved Tommy— husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son.

I saw the family’s emotional pain and tears of sadness, and felt the emptiness his absence has brought. Nothing will ever be the same for them again.

I wish death did not exist. I wish sorrow and grief were unknown words to us; but death is real, however it is not the end.

I think our life on earth is meant to rescue as many people as possible so that they can know about Jesus and have an everlasting life with God in the place He created for His people.

As we drove back home from the funeral I thought about 1 Corinthians 15:55-57,

“Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!” (The Message Bible).

Death may have taken Tommy from this world, but he is alive with the Father in Heaven.

Do you know where you will go when you die?

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Opposites

For many years now, I’ve noticed that my husband and I are “opposites.” For example, he’s an “extravert” and I’m an “introvert.”

This morning, while in the bathroom, I noticed the towels we hung after we used them—his was neatly folded, while mine was just thrown over the holder.

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He’s also very meticulous when he puts away the dishes or groceries, while I put them away wherever they will fit. I used to notice how other married couples tended to be opposites of one another too—some were only slightly opposite while others were “polar” opposites (one was really loud and the other was very quiet).

My theory for why “opposites” attracted was that the other person had characteristics we lacked— like two puzzle pieces, when two opposites married, then they became one, complete, person.

The idea of opposites made me think about how opposite we are to God—He is righteous, and we are not; He is loving, and we are unloving; He is sinless, and we are sinful.

I thought about how the Bible describes our relationship with God as a marriage— “For your Creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name…” (Isaiah 54:5), “When that day comes,” says the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband…’” (Hosea 2:16).

We are extreme “polar opposites” of God, yet He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us—there is nothing we can give to God but He can give us so much. Those that believe and follow Him become a “new person.”

My husband’s extroversion and neatness has influenced me to be a little more vocal and to be a little neater. My relationship with God has influenced me to stand up for what is right, to be more loving, and to be more conscious of temptations and to ask Him for forgiveness when I commit sins.  

Our marriage should help us to be a better person. I may never be a “perfect” wife, but I am a better person than before I got married (before my marriage, the towel would have been thrown on the floor and the dishes would have remained in the dishwasher).

I am definitely a much better person now than I was before I became a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I am thankful that God has given me these opportunities to become the person that He wants me to be.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti