It has been 10 years already, but sitting with my father while he died is an experience I will never forget. I had spent most of his last weekend on earth with him. It was the end of a year I will also never forget with experiences such as helping him make peace with God through Jesus, and him asking me to read the bible to him and pray each time I visited.
The morning that he went to his eternal home with Jesus, I woke up early with a song in my spirit-Life Goes On. It is a song about how our lives go on in heaven after we die. Waking up with that song in my spirit, I knew what God was telling me. I had already gotten ready and was driving to his nursing home when they called me to tell me he was unresponsive and to get there soon.
He was an avid rose gardener, so it was fitting that as I read about the resurrection and our promised resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 that he breathed his last breath and died as I read:
“When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.”
That passage is in reference to when we die, it is like our bodies that have died are like seeds planted in the ground. The seed then grows to new life. It is an analogy for the resurrection.
I had such peace about the fact that he had gone to heaven to be with Jesus that the afternoon of finalizing details for his funeral was calm. I had so much peace that I taught my class that evening.
Going through that day, evening and the funeral week made a passage from the bible very concrete for me from 1 Thessalonians:
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”
As I celebrate the resurrection of Jesus tomorrow, I will be thankful that those who have died we will see in heaven and we will know them. Death has been defeated by Jesus.
So yes it has been 10 years, but it has been 10 years since I told my father, “see you again” not goodbye.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.