This past week there have been many plans taken place for an event that we will never attend, ………our own funerals. One of the gifts of love my Mom gave us before her passing and that my Dad has given us for the time of his passing, was the prearrangements for their funerals etc. This led us to wanting to do the same thing for our children and grandchildren.
I remember getting the phone call from my Mom and Dad in the 80’s that they had met with a funeral director and that they were now starting to pay for the time of their move to be with Jesus. I cried because it felt too early, and after all they were in good health and why do it now! Yes, I am attached to my parents and have been for a long time and the thought of them being gone was too much. Well as was often the case, my Mom helped me see the importance of preparation because of the complications that can arise if preparations are not taken. Ok, so then I was good with it and in fact and forgotten about it until this last June when Mom passed away.
When Mom passed away everything was outlined in a book she had done up for her and Dad with all the important documents etc. It was very evident right from the beginning how much easier having everything sorted out and paid for was during a time that was so emotionally heavy. I was amazed at how this all fell into place and just as Mom had requested. Thank you Mom and Dad for loving us all so much that you did this all those years ago.
Following their lead both of us met with the fellow at the funeral home and then the lady at the cemetery and all our arrangements have been made and the payment plan has started. One of the things that has happened in all the planning is something that I am a bit surprised on. Preparing in the event of my death has given me a deeper love for longing to see Jesus more than it has a desire to be in Heaven.
This life is based on so much of life being about relationships. Family, friend, fellow employees, acquaintances and even strangers. It is about sharing life together and working through the good, the bad and the down right hard. About laughter and tears and caring for each other. In all the planning for my funeral it has given me a deep desire to see face to face the one that has given me the greatest gift of all, His life. His sacrifice, His forgiveness, His Mercy. The bible does tell us about heaven and describes what it has in some detail, but during the last week that paled in the view of what I have for the day of my last breath. In that day I will meet face to face with Jesus, my Lord and Saviour and the one who has given me breath, and life. He has given me my family I was born into and the family I have as wife, Mom and Grammy. He has seen the worse of me and has loved me enough to want me to spend eternity with Him. Oh such love!!!
My Mom and Dad prepared the way for leaving this life long before the day came, they did that out of love for us as their kids. Jesus prepared a way for us to walk with Him into eternity when death comes to us, and this was done long before our last breath. We just need to have faith to follow Him, to open up our hearts to Him in admission that we have sin in our life and ask for His forgiveness. He didn’t come to condemn us, He came to save us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16,17
We have left our family preparations for our move to heaven now, and we pray that we have also left our family a snapshot with our lives into the Saviour that loves them. While a celebration of life here will take place that we won’t attend, I am confident that we will attend another celebration of life…. life with Jesus for eternity.
Hugs n’ Prayers