Please watch the video first.
One Sweet Day by Boyz to Men and Mariah Carey (1997)
Lately for reasons only know by the Trinity, I have hear and had many conversations about death lately. Three people I know have lost loved ones within the last month as Sharon lost her father-in- law earlier this week. I have turned on the TV at just the right times to hear pastors discussing death and heaven and the song I posted above came up on my search the other day when I wasn’t looking for anything related. I had a conversation with another friend a couple days ago and she told me that there are two books she has read and recommends, that are actually helping her now with the death of her brother. The Other Side of Death by J. Sidlow Baxter - http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0825421586/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link and Heaven by Randy Alcorn – http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-Randy-Alcorn/dp/0842379428.
I don’t really believe in coincidence. I believe in providence and God’s divine control and planning and so when, within these last couple days many things keep popping up on this subject, I know it’s the Lord nudging me to look and examine it further.
I feel sad that the Holy Spirit has asked me to do other things in the past but I haven’t done them. One I am sure about is the nudging to look up and understand cancer. In fact I had it on a list of things to research, but I kept putting it off even though I knew I was supposed to. I believe now that had I done it when asked, the warning signs I had of cancer would have been obvious to me and I would have gone to the doctors earlier and perhaps preventing my needing all the treatment I received.
I haven’t had many friends or family die in my life, other than grandparents that you would expect to pass and one of Mark’s friends from high school that was shot at a club one night at a pretty young age – that’s it. I did walk in the room when my grandmother had just died the night before and I was the first to see her body lying there and I will say that is something I will never forget. She was gone and there was the smell of death in the room. I knew immediately that she wasn’t on this earth anymore even though her body lay in front of me. I had flown almost eight months pregnant with Hannah (now 15) to Dallas to see her and two days later she died.
Anyways, I am sharing this all with you as I am hoping that if any of you need to read these articles or head the Holy Spirit’s direction in your life that I can encourage you to do just that.
We are off from school for the next two weeks as we have creation seminars and spring break and so I am planning on heading over to Mardel’s later today and reading one of these books soon.
I hope you have a great day and enjoy your life the best you can.