Thursday, April 8, 2010
Recently, my grandmother, who has been very ill for the past 10 years, had a massive stroke and entered into a coma. She was on life support and unresponsive. After removing the life support, she stabilized, but she is weak, always sleeping, and will never return home.
All of this came into fruition the week before Easter, which I thought a very interesting time to be contemplating all of this. My grandmother is a believer, so I rest assured in the state of her soul. Praise God that He died and rose from the dead for us! Many people fail to understand the significance of this act, or at least learn to take it for granted. What makes Christianity different from EVERY religion on Earth is that it offers a living hope - a God that is alive and offers life to anyone who wishes. All you have to do is willingly accept this gift! How easy is that?! There are no required rituals, things you can and cannot do. Christ offers the only real hope and offers it freely and unconditionally. How awesome!
Have you heard the saying that we should mourn when someone is born and celebrate when they pass? I think it's difficult to feel this way because we are so conditioned to grieve and mourn at the loss of a loved one. But how better off they are when they leave this Earth! I am happy for my grandmother - who is relaxed and at peace even now as she waits to pass on - and I am glad that she will soon be with God and free of the physical limitations her depleted and sick body leave her in here on Earth.