I am fortunate to live with my husband, John, in a delightful resort for retired people. Everything is done to make life easy and a pleasure. The Clubhouse has an elegant restaurant and lunch can also be delivered to one’s apartment. There is a café serving tea and cake and light meals on a balcony overlooking a large pond with fountains and water lilies. This is not the only one. A stream flows through the property passing the various high blocks and forming other ponds and a waterfall. Herons and wild birds visit and Egyptian geese make it their home. Every year tiny chicks appear. Along the bubbling brook is a winding path where residents walk pampered pooches.
There is an indoor pool, gym, and sauna. There are clubs and activities galore, outings to beautiful farms and restaurants, speakers, evening functions and film shows. What a life! There is a care centre, which we don’t talk about, and an excellent clinic and home nursing service. Death seems to be a taboo subject.
I don’t have time for anything – I am too busy correcting my early music scores. But I am very interested in travel, although my traveling days are over. However, I am going very far away. One day I’m going to heaven. Permanently.
I have to pass through what the Bible calls “the valley of the shadow of death”. I am scared of the process and hope I won’t linger in the comfort of the frail care centre, but I am not afraid of death because I am a Christian and will be going to be with my Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus. At least my soul will be going there until on Judgment Day when Jesus returns, not as a suffering servant, but as Lord and King in all the glory he had with the Father before the world was. Then I’ll be given a new body designed for the new heavens and new earth that shall be created.
I believe this because I believe in the very well attested resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ: the resurrection that changed scared, hiding apostles into intrepid preachers suffering persecution and being martyred for their faith. They had seen the risen Lord, talked to him, ate fish he cooked for them beside Galilee and watched as he ascended into heaven.
Death and eternity is a vitally important subject. Young or old should consider it. After death we can’t make decisions. It’s too late.