Friday, January 20, 2012

Aloha 'Oe Suzanne, Until We Meet Again....

Tomorrow is going to be a very hard day for me.  I am going to a funeral for a girlfriend of mine who is one of the sweetest women I have ever known. Suzanne was a friend to everyone. She had a smile that always made you feel welcome and the biggest heart I have ever known.  She lived the "Law of Love"  I don't think I have ever heard her say an unkind word to anyone.  She wasn't a gossip and she was an optimist, always looking for the good in others.

 Last week while she was out in her yard feeding her dog,  she fell over and died at 51 years old.  She had a cerebral hemorrhage. There were no signs.  Nothing that could prepare her family and friends for what was about to happen. She leaves behind a husband who seems so lost without her and a daughter and three sons who love her more then words can say.  When I went over to their home to tell them how sorry I was and bring some food, the grief was heavy in the air.  Her husband looked at me and said "I don't have a wife anymore, she is gone"  I could feel the tears welling up in my own eyes as I shared just a small piece of the pain he was going through.  He loved her with everything he had in him and was standing before me like a lost little boy.  I told him that there were no words that I could say to ease the pain he was feeling.  He knew she was in Heaven.  But it is hard to think about angels and Heaven when you have this huge hole in the place where your heart used to be. 

 Death comes for all of us and we don't know the day or the hour that the Lord will call us home.  That is why it is so important to be ready.  As humans many of us think that we are going to live forever!!!   It is so humbling to realize that we could be gone in a moment, a snap of our fingers, a twinkling of an eye. We never know when death will shake us and we all dread how we will feel. Death can be a very scary thing if you are not a Christian I can tell you this death is not the end.  I believe that death is only the beginning.  

Why do we all seem to fear death so very much?  I tend to think it is because it is unknown.  The fear of losing control over our body and our very life.  We fear for the ones that we are going to leave behind and what is going to happen to them.  I also think we are afraid of the pain that usually comes with death.  There is pain and travail when we come into this world and there is usually pain when we leave this world.  Few of us know how we will die. Quick and painless, in our sleep, a long drawn out illness—the mystery of it, the inability to prepare, can be frightening. If we do know, if we’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can still be scary.

But it is only a moment. A moment nearly everyone has gone through or will go through. And, when that moment is over, we can claim Philippians 3:20-21: “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

What are some of the ways we can shake the fears we all have of death.  If you aren't a Christian, accept Jesus into your heart.  I love the story in the Bible when Jesus is talking to Nicodemus and Nicodemus asks Jesus how he can get to heaven.  Here is what Jesus tells him:
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me new life. I ask you to come into my heart and to give me your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive you now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow you and to serve you all my life. Thank you, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!

The next thing you can do is talk about death with your family.  Everyone loves to talk about new life coming into a family, but people are reticent when talking of death.  Death is a part of life.  Jesus even went through death for us.  He knows how we feel and I believe He is right there with us leading us home. It gives me great comfort to know my friend Suzanne was not alone when she died.  I know Jesus was right there holding her in His loving arms and taking her home.  Talk about not loving the things of the world so much.  Remember as Christians we are not of this world. Spend time in the Word of God so that you can grow strong as a man or woman of God.  Never be afraid to get on your knees and take everything to Jesus in prayer.  He listens and I believe that all prayers are answered.  He truly knows what is best for each one of us.

There is an old Hawaiian song that was written by Queen Lili'uokalani that we always sing at funerals here in Hawaii.  I think it is beautiful.  This is for you my dear friend Suzanne:
Aloha `oe, aloha `oe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au
Until we meet again

 Farewell to you, farewell to you
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
'Ere I depart
Until we meet again


I literally never heard her yell or fight with her family. She never said anything mean about anyone.  I was so shocked when I found out she died because it was so unexpected.  I know she's in heaven and I pray for all her loved ones who mourn her.  The world is an emptier, darker place without her in it. 

Amen!!! I totally agree with you!!!God bless your sweetheart!!! :):)

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