My last post had two jokes and two cartoons.
This post is so different.
Between that post and this one I found out that my precious friend's father died suddenly this morning of a massive heart attack.
I would post his name (and my friend's) but I will wait till it is more public, and I get permission to put it on my blog.
This reminds me of the pastor of a nearby church who, at 58, died suddenly on a trip to Israel last month.
He was experiencing what he thought was indigestion. It was, instead, his heart.
I have some dear friends who are members of that church and who were good friends of his. I've seen them twice since then and they are still in shock.
I remember an old seat belt commercial saying something like, "Isn't it a shame that some people die in perfect health?"
That always got my attention.
'Course I could go off on texting while driving (as I do sometimes), but what I want to say here is LIFE IS SHORT.
Well, that would be a "DUH?" statement, of course.
But are YOU ready?
You won't get out alive, you know.
It would help to be ready.
I have found that people who are ready are NOT morbid... they're HAPPY.
Take my twin sister - who died at 37.
She was told she didn't have long to live. After much prayer for healing it looked as if her illness (cancer) WAS going to be her last illness.
I remember her being anxious about death... very anxious.
Then... she had peace... and was telling all who came to visit her in the hospice that there was hope.
She quoted John 14:2,3:
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
And Romans 10:9:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Of course this begs the question: SAVED FROM WHAT?
Well, yuck, and hell - here on earth and later...
And Peggy would share this verse...
But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
There's so much more.
But let me direct you to a blog I like. It's THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.
So yes, I'm a believer in Jesus Christ.
And I would challenge you - if you are not - to get that settled.
Here's a site, I think, that's good for that... BECOME A CHRISTIAN.
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