For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
~ Isaiah 64:3 -4
This morning I have already been on the phone extending condolences to the family of one of my hospice patients who died over the weekend. As I spoke to his wife, she talked about how death is "a seed, planted in us, and at some time it makes itself known."
I know that death is something that none of us can avoid. The older I become, the more I realize that "seed."
I am reminded that love is so much stronger than death, and as she continued, she shared of how important their life together has been, and that even though "death may have taken him away from me, our love will always be stronger than death."
Death is the final part of our journey, but it is never the destination. Our exodus from this life brings us to the full realization of our identity as God's beloved. When we die, we enter into the full communion of God's love for us.
During the season of Lent, I am often reminded that Jesus walked the past ahead of us, and invites us to follow. Jesus says, "Follow me," and reminds us, "Do not be afraid."
Today I realize the seed within me, the love that exists, and the words of Jesus. This is our faith.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams is the author of the book, "Remember Me When..." and is a former hospice chaplain and pastor.