Monday, September 13, 2010

Safe in His arms

I have always enjoyed a good Christian funeral.

Call me strange, but ponder this; the wisest person who ever lived, King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 7:2.

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.

I have been to many funerals but today I attended one which is a model for how I would want my funeral to be held.

There were no prolonged eulogies, no sad epitaphs, no despair.

What there was, was the truth of the Christian message proclaimed loud and clear.

As a Christian, I have the hope of a glorious resurrection.  As a Christian, I have the joy of an eternity with Jesus.  As a Christian I can rejoice that fellow believers who have gone on before me are safe in the arms of Jesus.

I need to ponder these truths from time to time and a Christian funeral grounds me and reminds me about what is truly important.

Do I fear death?  I honestly don’t believe so.  I am ready to meet my maker.  I have placed my trust in Christ and subsequently I can say with the song writer,

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

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