Thought For The Day 04/04/13

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Death Comes Unexpectedly!

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BillandMelissaYonker

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“People so seldom say I love you, and then it’s either too late or love goes. So when I tell you I love you, it doesn’t mean I know you’ll never go, only that I wish you didn’t have to.”

Author Unknown

http://thinkexist.com/quotes/for/occasion/missing_you/

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It hardly seems possible. It has been exactly a year since my sister’s world turned upside down! It was a year ago that she lost her husband…..my brother-in-law…..to a massive stroke. Yes, the warning signs were there. Just a few years earlier, he had suffered his first stroke which left this vibrant man changed physically, although certainly not mentally, emotionally or spiritually.

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Bill was never handicapped or disabled. He was, instead, a “handi-capable” man who just had to learn a new way to do the things he loved. Yes, challenges existed necessitating some things be permanently altered. His Harley-Davidson motorcycle gave way to a Harley-Davidson motorized tri-cycle. But still he rode. His daily commute into Philadelphia as a Vice President of Information Technology for a multinational corporation gave way to setting up mainframes and system analysis capacities from home which meant less frequent trips across the Delaware River. But still he worked. Difficulties negotiating his two-story home necessitated they build a ranch style home where he could navigate room to room without the need to climb steps. Still he lived independently at home, my sister always beside him. He may have faltered along the way, but my sister was his ever-present cheerleader who told him, “Failure is NOT an option.”

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Yes indeed, life was and would forever be different for them. And yet, it was ever the same. You see, Bill and Melissa chose to be defined not by that which made him different, but by that which was unchanged and for that, if for nothing else, made them both  heroes in my book! Until that last moment….

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Death comes unexpectedly for us all, I think. Even when we know…even when the symptoms are there and the doctors have said to begin to make whatever plans we must to say our goodbyes and put our affairs in order. But until that singular moment when God chooses to pull the plug on our living moments, we are boosted by the ever-present hope that the experts might just be wrong. We wonder if we pray just a bit harder or go to church just a bit more often, that the finality of death can be cheated, if even for a single moment. However, the reality of things are that we do not choose our coming nor our going. No, we are told as much in Psalm 121:8 NIV, “the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Just as we can no more make mountains where none existed before, so it is that the Lord chooses where the mountain will sit just as He chooses how long we will dwell in the land of the living.

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From the moment our life began, every thought, deed and plan for that life was known, written in fact in His record, “the book of life”. Now, I don’t know about you, but I believe that it is a record of all who are saved…all of those for whom Christ died and gifted salvation to. But whether this includes all living beings is doubtful, since the gift is not always embraced by man. Infants and children, certainly. Young adults perhaps. Adults….only when the answer has been YES to God!  However, when the heart receives and accepts, it is then, and only at His choosing, that our entry is amended! You see, the moment it has been, is the moment he carries us to His home on high. We do not get to choose the when and the where and certainly not the how it will be. And yes, it will always be unexpected. But it will herald not an ending for any of us, but merely a beginning of a new chapter in His “book” for us all! “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20 NIV.

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“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 20:11-15 ESV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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