born anew

 “Science has found that nothing can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. If God applies the fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of the universe, doesn’t it make sense to assume that He applies it to the masterpiece of His creation–the human soul? I think it does.”

(Dr. Wernher von Braun)

01

no valley for me

For those who have to repeat the dying words of a noted infidel: “I’m taking a leap in the dark.”
Now for the contrast. A lad lay dying. Said his mother tenderly: “Is Jesus with you in the dark valley?”
“Dark valley!” he whispered, “it’s not dark, it’s getting brighter and brighter, Mother. Oh,” he murmured, “it’s so bright now, that I have to shut my eyes!”
And so he passed away to be with Jesus, who said, “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

02

take the easy way

It’s a lot easier to die than it is to live in case you don’t know it, if you’re a Christian! Death is the easy way out! That’s your graduation, your work is done & the Lord has released you & relieved you of your responsibility & you’ve gone home to your reward. But there’s often this question that comes up as you face death, “I wonder have I done my best for Jesus?”

03

talking about heaven

It certainly seems like a good idea to talk about Heaven, meditate about Heaven and read about Heaven, because, after all, that’s where we’re going to spend eternity. It’s an important place — our eternal home. So it’s only natural to want to know what it’s like and what we’re going to be like when we get there.
–David Brandt Berg

04

Examine the Details

Cartoonist Arthur Brisbane once pictured a crowd of grieving caterpillars carrying the corpse of a cocoon to its final resting place. The poor, distressed caterpillars, clad in black raiment, were weeping, and all the while the beautiful butterfly fluttered happily above the muck and the mire of Earth, forever freed from its earthly shell.
Needless to say, Brisbane had the average funeral in mind and sought to convey the idea that when our loved ones pass, it is foolish to remember only the cocoon and concentrate our attention on the remains, while forgetting the bright butterfly.

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