Wednesday, January 25
Death, my friend, is evidence of life LIVED. The death to self preceeds physical death, and both are resisted, both bring momentary pain. But, this is the means through which we enter greater life, the mysterious but inimitable entrance to eternity. Only those who've drank from its cup know the sweetness it yields. Only those who've tasted realize THIS is for what their hearts have been longing since birth, beautiful in its time.

What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die. When this happens--when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die--then at last the Scriptures will come true:
"Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!"

~1 Corinthians 15:50-57 (NLT)

  Into the pensieve on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
  Your thoughts, please (3)

At October 09, 2006, Blogger Malissa said...

Even knowing the Lord, dying seems like no fun. I'm not looking forward to my loved ones dying.

But at the same time I don't want to live forever in this world and certainly not in this body.

At October 12, 2006, Blogger Pamela said...

we were made for eternity.
I find it difficult to accept death.

At October 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of the most comforting phrases is "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
I don't know how those with no hope think about death.
Even with hope, I've found myself fearful at times. So, I plunged into it. I wrote my letter to those left behind. Then I started finding the people who've influenced me & telling them why I'm thankful for them. At first, I thought it would feel weird, like I was planning to die, soon. But, what I really managed to do was renew old friendships. Now, I love reconnecting with old friends & acquaintences.


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A Pensieve is a stone basin.... [One] can extract his or her own memories and place them in the Pensieve, especially to relieve the mind when it becomes too flooded with information. Anyone can examine the memories in the Pensieve, which also allows viewers to fully immerse themselves in the memories stored within...

A Pensieve first appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...

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