BIG TREE  Yesterday, I mentioned that I was babysitting my sister-in-laws grandchildren (2 year old twins) due to a family emergency. The emergency was the unexpected death of her brother.  Her brother died at approximately 8am Saturday morning but his wife did not discover his body until later that evening. Did he have known medical problems? I don’t know. Where was his wife? She was not home.

I can tell you this: As a Bereavement Support Leader this is not a rare occurrence. I have heard on more than one occasion of spouse running an errand only to return home to the death of their loved one. Death is never convenient.

This man was a husband, a brother, an uncle a parent, a grandparent, a friend and yes a child of God. He is now with the Lord in eternity but there are so many people who are still here with words they did not get a chance to say.
Today is Resurrection (Easter) Sunday, the Holiest of all days for those of us who are in Christ. Christmas, Easter and perhaps Mother’s Day are the only days some people attend church just to make someone else happy. Many people spent a lot of money purchasing new clothes and getting their hair done and will eat a wonderful meal today. Except those who lost loved ones yesterday.
The point of my rambling: We need to stop taking life for granted. You cannot appreciate the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus if you cannot appreciate the lives before you. When you make the decision to study the Word of God and allow Jesus to be Lord of your life you will not only find time for Him but you will also find time for them.
When my sister-in-law came by to pick up her grandchildren she was not sad. She loved her brother and he will be missed but she was at peace as was the rest of her family. Yes, there will be tears; yes he will be missed but he died knowing that he was loved.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 NKJV


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