Monday, September 26, 2022

True Freedom

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21

These very profound words hold such an impact. One Sunday as our Pastor was preaching from this text, he began to cry. He said as he studied this passage, the realization of his mortality grabbed him. He wrestled with the fact that he really wanted to see his children grow up. He wanted to be here with his family.

And yet, the scripture teaches that to die is gain.

Day by day, as we each walk the pathway we are to go, life just seems to keep going. Until we are stopped in our tracks with the loss of a loved one or friend. It's then that we start thinking of the "other side".

18 years ago, on a Sunday morning, during the middle of a raging hurricane, my BFF lost her battle with cancer and walked into the arms of Jesus. I have missed my sweet friend all these years, but on that Sunday, the Pastor's message brought a sense of peace to my heart. Diana was such a special friend. We were friends for almost 20 years. She always encouraged me, with unconditional love and always with a smile. It is selfish of me to want her to be here, when she has gained so much more. As she reached out her hand that Sunday morning, she left behind her tired body to walk with Jesus. I can almost picture her, in my minds eye, looking back at all of us and saying, "It's all right, I'm whole now."

Mark 8:35 states: “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's, will save it” (ESV).

Jesus Christ offers you the true freedom - in learning how to die, we learn how to live.

Love you Diana.  Your Fragrance still lingers.


Allie said...

One of my most favorite verses - honestly, it makes me think of all the saints who are suffering so badly, with persecutions and terror, who are steadfast in their love for Christ and will never know the life of ease that we enjoy; who love so desperately that they reach out even to their tormentors with the grace of the gospel. Can I say that I have that love?
I'm so sorry about your friend. I lost mine as well. It is so hard.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

How wonderful to have a positive perspective about the hereafter. It is perhaps the greatest mystery. I lost a good friend too 30 years ago and feel overwhelmed sometimes wondering why I've gotten to live on and she has missed so much.

Marilyn said...

Love your posting. Its all so true.

Patty McDonald said...

Amen. Thank you for this post.