Sunday, August 20, 2006

Life is Precious and yet it's not Permanent

Today I witnessed death come to the husband of one of my parishioners. It's a strange experience to watch life disappear, though he was already brain dead, it's still difficult to watch as death takes the place of life. This week I also heard that one of the regional staff members and his daughter died. Brad's about my age and has been a great contributor to the church's camping programs. He will be missed as well

When we consider the reality of death, it should make us take a look at the lives we live. Too often we take life for granted as if it will always be there, but that's not true. Earlier this year a high school friend and fellow graduate died in recovery from surgery, now Brad and Jerry. We remember them in our hearts and we miss their presence in our lives, may their passing remind us to take seriously the lives we live now -- and enjoy them and the relationships we have for we never know when death will call. But, knowing that is true, I also live in the hope of the resurrection.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am taken aback by the fact that you "live in the hope of the resurrection." Is not the fact of the resurrection central to the Christian belief system?

Pastor Bob Cornwall said...

So, my questioner is taken aback by my choice of wording. But, it's a phrase used by Paul, according to Acts 23:6. So, I live in the hope of the resurrection -- it is foundational to my faith, but its a hope. I won't know of the "fact" of my own "resurrection" until I'm resurrected, which as far as I know hasn't happened yet.