Thursday, July 31, 2008
Birth and Death
I am a visual learner. Last night after working I went to the hospital to see my friend Eddie. When I got off the elevator, the waiting room looked very familiar. Walking down the hallway I realized I was on the Labor/Delivery Floor. I knew this because two of my three children were born on that floor. I thought, "this must be the wrong place." I walked to the nursing station and asked for Eddie's room, sure enough...I was on the right floor. I couldn't believe they have people who were dying on the same floor as people who were giving birth. I thought, "How ironic, people who are rejoicing over the birth of a new child are on the same floor who are mourning the death of their loved one." As soon I finished that thought, the Lord reminded me of something my Pastor once said, that we have it backwards, that we aught to be mourning in birth and rejoicing in death; if the one passing knows Jesus, they are in for the time of their life! The scripture reference for that is in Ecclesiastes 7:1. "A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one’s birth." I can assure you, when Eddie's time comes, he will be greeted by Heavenly Angels and ushered into the presence of Almighty God. He's in for the time of his life!