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Friday, January 20, 2006

Where, O death is your victory?

There are many new words related to death being used today.

A dead body is no longer called a corpse. We refer a dead body as “the departed.”

We do not say that a person has died. We say, he has “passed away,” or he has “passed on.”

Coffins are re-worded as caskets.

Even graveyard has new name like "Memorial Park".

Such new descriptions of death revealed the truth that we are afraid of death. We do not like the words. T.S. Eliot put it well,

It is not what we call death that we fear, but what, beyond death is not death. That we fear, we fear.

However, D.L. Moody said, “One day you will hear that D.L. Moody of Northfield, Massachusetts, is dead. Don’t you believe it! In that day I will be more alive than I have ever been before.”

When Martin Luther’s daughter, Magdalena, 14, was sick and lay dying, Luther prayed, “O God, I love her so. But nevertheless, thy will be done.” He then turned to his daughter and said, “Magdalena, would you rather be with me, or would you rather go and be with your Father in heaven?” The girl said, “Father, as God wills.” She passed away. Luther said, “Oh my dear Magdalena, you will rise and shine like the stars in the sun. How strange to be so sorrowful, and yet to know that all is at peace, that all is well.”

It is the hope in the hour of death which the resurrection brings before these two men who live life to the fullest. They have hopeful assurance in life. They are certain of resurrection. They are confident that their lives will count. The hope of resurrection keeps them from despair.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is nothing vain in the Lord. I Cor. 15: 58

We are to be steadfast and immovable.

We are to be always abounding in the work of the Lord.

We have hopeful assurance in life. If what we have done are for Lord’s glory, we will accomplish something. Nothing will be wasted.

Death and its loss are painful to experience. Even if we know we have victory over death through our Lord Jesus, sorrow is inescapable. We are human. Even Jesus Wept. He wept at the tomb of Lazarus. The death of someone we love cannot be met with anything but a sense of loss and tears.

But beyond the tears and mournings, there are answers to the needs of our hearts in the Scriptures, we can succeed in facing all that life has for us if we will learn of the Lord and trust Him.

“Death is swallowed up in victory …. Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

These random thoughts were put together in memory of Dato Sri Lau Hui Kang, my uncle who went to the Lord at 7:52 pm on 19th January 2006. He has indeed lived a full life.

4 comment(s):

Yan:

Desi and friends send sincere condolences to the family members left behind by Datuk Lau.
I'm sure he leaves behind a proud legacy to be emulated and treasured by those who follow faithfully in the rich path he had built.

May the Good Lord receive him well;
watch over all those loved ones who mourn his demise.

God Bless.

By Blogger desiderata, at 12:23 pm  

Yan,

Please accept my heartfelt condolence for the loss of your uncle, Datuk Lau.

May perpetual light shine upon him.

"I AM the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me, even though he die, shall live; And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." - St John 14:25-26

By Blogger Joepsc, at 1:11 pm  

Desi,

Thanks.

He has fought a good fight and finished his course faithfully.

Now, he is Home!

Yan

By Blogger Yan, at 8:08 pm  

Joe,

Thanks, too.

He is now in the arms of the Lord who has prepared for Him an even better home in heaven!

Yan

By Blogger Yan, at 8:10 pm  

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