“And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever.” vs. 7
Most of us become aware of death during the years of our childhood. Sometimes it’s when a favorite pet dies…or worse, when we experience the loss of a friend or family member. We learn early the pain that comes with grieving–the explosion of tears as we comprehend the awful words. These are the moments when we don’t wonder how to feel–the feelings just come, and sometimes we doubt we’ll ever laugh or smile again. Death is a formidable enemy, and it stalks us every hour of every day…and no matter how hard we try to eat healthy and exercise, one day it will come for us. But it doesn’t have the last word! That last word belongs to God and it comes most forcefully in the shouts of Easter morning. “Christ is Risen. Alleluia!” Those are the words we hang on to for dear life as we tread our way through precarious times, sometimes with tears in our eyes. One day the shroud that hangs over humanity will be destroyed and death will be swallowed up forever.
That good news doesn’t take away the sting of death…it will always hurt when our ancient enemy comes near…and tears are always appropriate. But the promise is secure–life is more powerful than death!
Thought for the Day: When did I become aware of death?