No one really wants to talk about this but it is a fact of life and it happens to all of us each and every one. My views on death are a little bit different than most, the way it affects me mentally I mean. I’ve had quite a few deaths in my family but also quite a few friends as well. I am a part of the Oakdale Rescue mission and have met quite a few homeless people who have touched my heart greatly. Some of these friends have passed recently and where most are sobbing and sorrowful, I am grateful. This world can be cruel and harsh at times and to know that the loved ones who have passed are patiently waiting in the grave in a wonderful slumber until Jesus comes back gives peace to my heart. Knowing that they are no longer in physical pain from the diseases or ailments that were hurting them up until the very day of their passing. When I first started my walk with God and was visiting the hospitals where my friends lie I was praying that God would heal them. But ultimately it’s God’s will to heal them or not. I realized that by them hanging in there to the very last breath was very painful for most and I felt very selfish for praying for them to have yet another day alive. Friends and family will definitely be missed and there is a mourning process that we must go through and it can be rough at times. God allows this to happen to make us stronger and depend on him through prayer and meditation. The losses that we have in life are spiritual gains in our father’s eyes. We’ve had great moments and awesome memories with most of these persons and have impacted our lives greatly in a positive manner. We must lean into God and know that he has a purpose for everything on the path that he’s laid out for us. It’s okay to ask God why these things happen and why some were taken so early or unexpectedly. I would recommend not being angry with God however because these are just a fact of life, everyone will pass at some point in time in your life. Just remember that one day we will all be in heaven and all see each other again. Lamentations 3:32 “though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.” Psalms 147:3 “he heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” PRAYER, dear heavenly father, thank you for yet another beautiful day. We know that death is just a part of life and that it’s going to happen to all of us. We ask that you were with us today through any of our pains sorrows and turmoil to help relieve these and bring us closer to you. Show us what we should be focusing on today to help us through our mourning processes so that we can be stronger in our faith with you. Thank you for being our savior and our strength in all circumstances. In Jesus precious name, amen.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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