It’s a little after midnight late Sunday night and I just got back from the hospital. One of our dear friends called to ask me if I would come up to the hospital to pray with a family that just lost one of their own due to a complication with his fight with cancer. You never know what to expect when you walk into one of those situations. Is the individual a person of faith? Is the family emotional or in shock? You combine those unknowns with your own worries about the “right” words to say, and it makes for an intriguing late night. Fortunately the deceased was a Christ-follower, but as always… the pain for those standing around his lifeless body is tough. Even with hope, we grieve.
So as I drove home trying to think about something else so that I would be able to fall asleep easily the thought hits me. You may call this morbid, but looking at the lifeless body tonight reinforced in me peace, hope and strength – as opposed to shock, fear or sadness. That body represented a legacy of faith and belief of a man that is no longer with us. I sit here typing in the quiet of my living room, with my son sleeping in the room next to me and my wife already asleep in our room, realizing that one day I too will be able to leave a legacy of faith and belief. I really don’t want to dwell on that day too much, but I will be able to sleep well tonight because just like the gentleman that met his maker tonight I too will meet God some day with a peace because of my belief and faith.
So I ask you out there tonight – you on the world wide web – will you sleep tonight with hope and peace? Would you be able to stare at a corpse and be confronted with hope and not fear? Peace and not dread? Celebration and not depression? If not, why? I would love to share with you how you can do this. Interested? Will you take the offer?
If so, you can Yahoo Message me at “Wagonmasterjoe” or email me at email@example.com. I hope to hear from you.