Isaiah 25:8 (Today’s New International Version)
He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove His people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
Last Sunday I had the opportunity to go to the Church of the Highlands campus in. I haven’t been to Tuscaloosa since February of 2003 when we buried my grandmother.
She was buried just a stone’s throw away from Bryant-Denny Stadium at thenext to her husband who passed away in 1946. She was 104 years old when she went on to join him.
While in, I had planned to go visit her grave, incidentally five days after her birthday. When I located the place where she had been buried, I studied her tombstone. I noticed the date of her death was not indicated. I pondered for a moment. Then I realized the significance of this observation. My Nanny is alive — she doesn’t reside in the cemetery. Her spirit never died. That’s right, she rose to meet her Savior when she said good-bye to this world.
After I spoke to my mother about the graveside stone that was missing Nanny’s date of departure, she explained to me that it’s very difficult to work with the city regarding the option to obtain the tombstone from this very old cemetery and go through the process of having the date engraved. My Nanny made sure that her name and her birth-date were engraved on the stone beside the name of her husband so many years before. Therefore, we didn’t replace the stone when she went on to be with the Lord. The plan was merely to add her end date…even though it wasn’t the end for my Nanny.
The cemetery had sold all the burial plots many years ago. No one is able to purchase a plot for burial in that cemetery anymore. If there was room, I bet there would be quite a few Alabama fans that would pay a pretty penny to have one of those spots. If my Nanny’s spirit was still there, I know that she would roll over in her grave every time she heard the Alabama Fight Song in the nearby stands, as she was a HUGE AU fan. She even received the honor of Ms. Auburn at the annual AU vs AL game day event at the nursing home where she lived.
Well, there may not be enough room for another in that cemetery, but we know that there is plenty of room up above, where our Father is preparing a place for us. And, the cool thing is that we don’t have to pay for our mansion in the sky. It was paid for us at Calvary. We simply have to accept His Gift and tell others about the beautiful plan of Eternity that our Father designed for us through His Son Jesus Christ. We can also be certain that our names will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life — for that delicate detail will not be overlooked. IF we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, there won’t be any “red tape” in the City with streets of gold, in order to have our names engraved in that beautiful Book.
I hope that this message provides some hope for those of you grieving the loss of a loved one. When you are no longer in this world, don’t you want to be remembered in jubilant celebration of how you lived your life and the way you spent your time while you were here?
To conclude, I wanted to share the following link to a brief movie that I have sent before called “The Dash.” It’s something to think about while we are still on this journey. We should anticipate our journey with great joy, while making the most of each day God has set aside for us to live here on earth. Leave a beautiful legacy….our Savior left a priceless legacy. Get your Kleenex.
God bless you all,