Posts tagged ‘death’

March 26, 2014

Wanda

I’m titling this post Wanda, who is Heather’s grandma. She died on March 12, 2014. She lived to be 92. That being said, yes she lived a long life, but this was unexpected. She had a strong will to live and live to at least 100! I thought for sure, as well as everyone else, that she was going to make it to 100. She had a series of strokes that led to her death. Very unfortunate and untimely. She lived by herself at home and was very active in the community-working in the public library and doing helpful and fun things with friends and groups she belonged to. I admire her for living as long as she did and for the many accomplishments she made throughout her life. A great legacy she leaves behind, one to be admired. One to look up to.

I believe one of her great accomplishments was having 5 children and getting them ALL to go to College after high school, on little money they did have. All 5 children are doing very well for themselves and so are the many grandchildren and great grandchildren. All because of a strong home life and work ethic that was engraved in their children.

Heather, my wife, being one of the grandchildren is accomplished so far in her own right. She accredits it to her mom and grandma/grandpa for where she is today. Her strong work ethic, being a great mother to our daughter Sophie, a second to none wife and her faith that she so dearly cares about.

Many fun and wonderful times was I able to experience with Wanda, as well as hear about and learn about in such a short time, gives me pause and makes me smile.

May we all find ourselves living a life to be admired as much as this Matriarch did.

God Bless you Wanda!

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March 10, 2012

Safely Home

Safely Home

I am now at home in heaven; all’s so happy, all so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty, in this everlasting light.

All the pain & grief are over, Every restless tossing past;
I am now at peace forever, Safely home in heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly trod the Valley of the Shade?
Oh! But Jesus’ love illuminated every dark & fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me, in that way so hard to tread;
and with Jesus’ arm to lean on, Could I have doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely, for I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows, pray to trust our father’s will.

There is work still waiting for you, so you must not idle still,
Do you work while life remaineth-
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

When the work is all completed, He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of the meeting!
Oh, the joy to see you come!

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May 18, 2009

the older I get

I found out that an old friend of mine Joel Sykes passed this last Friday.  He had a massive stroke at the young age of 40.  I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.  He was on life support for about a day or so and they realized he wasn’t going to make it and they pulled the plug.  This is unbelievable because you are not supposed to die from a stroke at the age of 40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

I wish I had more another opportunity to speak with him, it’s been several years since I had.  He had left our church under not so good circumstances and the last time I spoke with him was at Texadelphia where we all used to meet for lunch once a week.

He remarried and moved away with his new woman.  This was unfortunate that we never had another opportunity to speak.  He was such a good guy, with a big heart for God and a big passionate person for music and for life.  He had a memory like an elephant and always remembered things I never could.

His funeral is Wednesday and this just makes me sad.  I realize how short life is and how ‘when it’s your time, it’s your time’ & ‘there really is nothing you can do about it!’

I know he was saved and know that none of us are perfect and at least what he went through was seemingly quick and painless.  He will be missed.  Miss ya Joel.  Sorry we never had another chance to reconnect man.  I wish things didn’t turn out the way did and wish we had continued our wonderful friendship and memories we were building with our families at the time.  Love you man and you will be missed!

The longer I live, I guess the more I will see people pass around me….how sad….I don’t want to live this life forever that’s for sure….

May 5, 2009

swine flu…really?

We must look at the facts before we make a judgement call on what is a epidemic, pandemic or endemic.  Is it the fact that it’s news worthy and a hot topic that the news channels have made this such a BIG story?  Are they Fear Mongering?  My thoughts, YES, DEFINITELY!

Facts:  1650 people will die TODAY, in the US ONLY, from Heart Disease.  Yesterday, 65 people died from regular flu and pneumonia and the day before that and the day before that….165 people will die today and everyday from automobile accidents.  Everyday 6,600 people die from something. 

17 people are confirmed dead from the swine flu since it’s outbreak.  Is that a cause for concern, based on the facts above?  I don’t think so.  Should we be careful and heed cleanliness as a good policy, yes, but that was taught to us as CHILDREN.  This should NOT be a revelation to any of us.  If it is, you have other issues to worry about. 

Concerns need to be addressed, I agree and so does this, but to make it such a grandiose issue and shut down borders and shut down planes, trains and automobiles and buses?  Come on now!  Let’s never leave our homes or travel abroad or even get in the car to do anything anymore, because look out, something could happen to you, you could die or you could witness Christ to someone.   How horrible?!?!?!?!   PUHLEASE!!!!!!!

I will not live in fear or let my life be guided by fear mongers or anyone else who uses scare tactics to suade me.  I believe when it’s your time to die, there is nothing you can do about it.  Tomorrow is not promised to ANYONE!  That’s why we need to live everyday to the fullest, love life and enjoy it.  Today is the day of salvation.  Let not your hearts be troubled, for God cares about you and tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own.  Live out your life and give it your best EVERYDAY and do not fear, for He has overcome this world.  This isn’t our home anyway people, we are aliens in a foreign land.  Eternity is far more important than some flu and fear. 

How many people out of the 6,600 people that died today are saved is the bigger question?  What are you and I doing about that?

March 12, 2009

life after death

I was reading a news feed just now about an owner of a big clothing line that was killed in a car crash early this am driving his Ferrari.  It saddened me because I was thinking about him and how he had all the money in the world and had hopes and dreams and other aspirations and many long years to still live. 

I then thought about what really counts in life.  Is it money, riches, fame, power that we all seek?  In a recession time that we’re in, people losing their jobs and even their minds during this tough time.  What really matters/counts?  Is it having a good job?  Is it avoiding unemployment?  Is it paying your bills and having a nice 3 months of savings put away for a rainy day?  What is it that matters/counts?  Is it having a happy love life, a healthy and happy marriage?  Being filled up with what this world has to offer?  Why is it that I find myself wanting the best of every world??  Is it my humanity that makes me feel this way?  That I urge to be comfortable in every facet of my life?  Life perplexes me because I think about life, how we’re here on earth for such a short time compared to the breadth of history.  I look in the mirror and see an older me.  I realize that life is short.  I begin to think about what do I want to accomplish in life before I die. 

I lye awake at night thinking more and more these days.  I find myself having sleep apnea because of my many thoughts.  I guess I am very introspective today and need to write my feelings and thoughts down as the story I read really hit my heart. 

I wonder when my time is up and where I will be when that happens.  Life is so finite.  To be so bold and arrogant as to not think of there being any higher power outside of man is ridiculous in my humble opinion.  To think that something exploded into such beauty is preposterous. 

To know that there is a living God and a son that paid the ultimate price for ME & YOU gives me hope that there is life after death.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

December 9, 2008

sad day

I was reading this article about a man that has decided to take his own life, via assisted suicide in Switzerland.  I think the worst part about it is that they are going to show this on Television tomorrow in the UK.  From what I gather, he is in much pain per his own volition.  But, to air this on TV, to take pictures and share this with the world?  Not sure this is such a good thing.  I haven’t really given it too much thought from a Biblical perspective, but I don’t think taking your own life is a good thing. 

I think it’s a sad day, when TV is trying to cash in on something like this.  I don’t feel good about it and it doesn’t give me happy thoughts either.  I think it’s a hard day when you decide that your going to take your own life, no matter who is around and supporting you.  We all have a time to die.  I have been faced with it myself and have come through it.  We all have had bad days and been sick in one form or way or another.  But to take your own life and end it all is so Final that maybe if he wanted to change his mind at the last second it was too late because the pressure was on.  I don’t know, but having TV involved and pictures taken during the moment you decide to take your life just can’t be right, can it?

Where and when does the desensitizing of life end?  We hear about people being murdered and killed everyday, yet we brush it off because it hasn’t happened to us.  We hear about people being killed abroad, genocide in Africa, death toll in Iraq, and we become desensitized to the harsh reality that life is precious, beautiful and sacred.  When is enough…enough?

October 29, 2008

Christian Iraqi’s

After watching this video, it saddens me to hear and see about the displacement of many Iraqi Christians.  They have left Iraq for fear of their lives as they have received death threats.  Many have been murdered in Iraq itself.  Persecution of Christians is still rampant throughout the world, especially in Iraq today. 

Christianity has it’s roots strong in the middle east, including Iraq where the tower of Babel was built from in the Book of Genesis as well as believed to be the location of The Garden of Eden.  Yet today, there is no place for home in this country for believers.  The Christian people have fled to Lebanon, my father’s country of origin.  Lebanon has a diverse and welcomed culture of diversity.  Christians and Muslims live side by side, city by city.  Thus, the reason for these folks to flee as refugees to Lebanon.  Let’s pray they find a home and make a living there.  I do know that jobs are not rampant and the economy is not in great shape as my family tells me.  But life and freedom is better than death and living in fear.  To see and hear this saddens me. 

In 2008, we still have death because of religion.  The worse part is, if it were the other way around, the Muslim world would up-rise and call for Jihad against any travesty of death or persecution to Muslim’s.  Something is wrong with this picture! 

Then again, Jesus told us we would be persecuted even to the point of death for our faith, yet we still strive for the higher goal and calling that is find in:

 THE ONE AND ONLY, OUR PRECIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, HOLY, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, JESUS THE CHRIST, THE MESSIAH, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, WHO DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS.

August 11, 2008

I wonder

What will be Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes’ legacy when they are looked back upon in the corridors of history?  From what I read on both of their lives, there wasn’t much God in there, as a matter of fact no religion to speak of.  The only time anything is mentioned about God is when they talk about funeral arrangements. 

I guess if that’s all your wanting to leave as a legacy is your ‘work’ then I guess it’s OK.  Ultimately, what does matter though?  Is it your ‘work’ that is most valuable to you?  Or is it the family that you loved all your life and the countless people’s lives you touched in a Godly way that will leave a permanent mark of Christian LOVE?

I thought both of these men were legendary in their own rights as artists and I truly liked them both, especially Bernie Mac growing up in a tough neighborhood, lost his mom at 16 to cancer and never really had money growing up at all. 

Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord when it’s all said and done y’all.  Not how much money did you make in your lifetime or how many awards/Emmy’s/Oscar’s/accolades did you receive.  It’s how many people have you brought to Christ?  It’s how many lives did you change in a positive way that brought them to the realization of who Christ is?  It’s did you bring me glory and love me with all your heart, mind, soul and strength?

Let’s live out loud and make a difference today, while today is still called today, for tomorrow is not promised!

June 11, 2008

close calls

Close calls: It is unavoidable that we will all die — unless we are first raptured. Death is a reality that we know will claim us one day. But, like so many other things, we dismiss the thoughts of its arrival, until it comes a little to close for comfort.
Sometimes we experience unexpected illnesses or accidents that abruptly force us to face God, our mortality, and our future. This can be a very good thing, especially if you are not a believer. But, what if you are a believer? What then? If you suddenly woke up in an intensive care unit and you didn’t know if you were going to make it or not, what would you be thinking about regarding your life and God? It is hard to say unless you are actually there, but the longer that you live, the more that scenario either has been a reality or will be one.
Since we will all face death one day, why wait to think about the meaning of your life until you are forced to? Why wait to talk to God about what is really in you, about what you really feel, really doubt, really believe? Close calls can be good for the soul. God can use them to cause us to face ourselves and Him. Close calls can wake us up and help us sort out our priorities.
Sometimes, when life is comfortable and predictable, we let our priorities slip because we take our eyes off of the Lord and put them onto our lives and even on our ability to get things done. I can’t help but wonder if God doesn’t use sickness and misfortune in the world to cause us to re-evaluate ourselves before Him. After all, don’t we need to do that from time to time even if we don’t think we need it? Don’t we need to see if we are growing closer to the Lord or not?
I think that it can be quite merciful that God would allow us to undergo hardship since such hardship can bring us closer to Him — if we allow the opportunity to do that. Personally, I am thankful for close calls. Of course, I don’t enjoy them, but they can be quite helpful by scraping away all of our self reliance and exposing ourselves before God.
So what about you? Do you need a close call to get you thinking? Do you need a drastic wake up call from God to get you to reconsider your life with Him? Maybe, maybe not. But, why don’t you just sit down and talk to God. Why not take a survey of your spiritual life and see where you are at with the Lord? Open the Word of God, read, and pray. Talk to Him. He is always there to listen, close calls or not

James 1:2-4,
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”

From “verse of the week” circa 2002

 

 

November 16, 2007

what will people say?

When your dead and gone???  I have recently been thinking about this AGAIN.  I say AGAIN, because I remember thinking about this after a sermon I heard once where the pastor said “Think about your life this way.  Start from you bowing before Christ and work your way backwards to where you are now.  Then think about how you would live and what you would do and see, say, hear and watch”  Now this I thought was very DEEP.  I never thought about life in that fashion, have YOU?

So, now I think about living that way…but it’s HARD!  You have the daily grind that you deal with, you have the crazy world coming at you in different faces and forms, you don’t always get yourself prepared for what a day may bring, do ya?

Anyway, this is just a thought I have about what will people say about ME when I’m dead and gone.  How did I live and treat them and others, etc.  What kind of Legacy will I leave behind?

I hope this finds you in thought about what will people say about YOU when your gone.  Or what do they say now?

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