As I was reading to the kids last night, I came across this quote:
“Instead of weeping and moaning as many lands do today when anyone dies, [the Vikings] danced and sang and had music and feasting. That is what Christian nations should do; death is something beautiful and nothing to weep about.”
~Nora Burglon in Sticks Across the Chimney: A Story of Denmark.
Death entered this world through evil means, but Christ has turned even death into victory for the Christian. For those who have placed their faith in Jesus as the only means to salvation, death is beautiful. It is what finally opens a gap in the veil between us and our Father in Heaven, and lets us finally walk through it. It is what closes our earthly eyes, and opens our spiritual eyes to finally be where we can know fully, even as we are fully known.
Reading those short lines was like receiving a fresh reminder that this earthly life is temporary, and we have all of eternity to look forward to.
The kids and I talked about how it applied to Papa, and that even though we may may cry, we can rejoice sincerely in Papa’s coming death, because it means he will be entering into Real Life. Eternal life, where there is no more death, or sorrow, or pain. He will be with Jesus.
The peace this knowledge brings me is what I’m choosing to be thankful for today.
Grace & Peace,