The Procession

Sorrow and sweetness in motion,
Senses heightened to all that surrounds,
Thoughts ride between tinted windows and painted steel,
Memories flash in this somber parade,
While time travels to days of formal dress,
Where traffic laws cease but cars stop,
As tears roll slowly through the streets,
Familiar trees and houses watch and weep like old friends,
As the procession moves along rediscovered paths,
Suddenly it stops and parks before worlds unknown,
Where flowers and dirt remind the nose of eternity,
And life slows down long enough for each soul to ponder their own.

Behind the lines

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…(Hebrews 9:27 ESV)

We all face certain death and judgment, yet we often don’t want to think about it. Funerals remind us of our frailty, they give us pause to consider eternity, our life, our future, and our purpose. They make us ask, “What is beyond the grave?”

If you have repented of your sins and placed your hope in Christ, your sins are forgiven, and He will raise you up on the last day.

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:40 ESV)

However, if you are not trusting in Christ, but are trusting in your own goodness, you will stand in judgment apart from the blood that covers sin and God’s wrath remains.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36 ESV)

The Bible is clear that all are sinners and none are good apart from Christ.

[10] as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
[11] no one understands; no one seeks for God.
[12] All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12 ESV)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23 ESV)

If you are struggling with thoughts of eternity, sin and death (am I okay or not okay?), cry out to God, repent of your sin, place your trust in Christ, read His Word, talk to other believers, and seek a local church where you can learn and grow and serve.

Then rest in the hope of eternal life through what Christ has done.

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