I stood next to the bed and clasped my hands around her frail fingers and squeezed them gently. No words were spoken, after thirty years of friendship; there was no need to speak anything. She had fought long and hard but we both knew this was our final good-bye.
To silently gaze into the eyes of someone preparing to greet death is a holy experience. In the last few minutes before death calls there is one last chance to decide where we will spend eternity. The angel of death stands ready for acknowledgement from God, “I own this soul, claim it and put it on the next chartered flight to Heaven.”
But sometimes death gives no notice and there are no second chances; no time for pleas of forgiveness or opportunities for a holy experience. Once you are laid out on a stretcher and rolled into the morgue your unused trump card for salvation is no longer valid. It expired upon death.
Why take chances?
Engage in a holy experience with God before you stare death in the face. My friend was fortunate to have time to prepare for her departure from this world. Those who stood at her bedside were able to share in the holy experience of her passing. As she drew her last breath there was a spiritual assurance that all was well with her soul.
Is it well with your soul?
Life holds no guarantees about the time or circumstances of our death. When the death angel arrives, we are faced with two roadways that lead to our eternal destination. One is marked ‘I believe in Jesus’ with road signs that lead us to a heavenly jubilee. The second reads, ‘I deny Jesus’. The road signs spiral downward and direct us to a bottomless pit of destruction.
“They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.” 2 Thessalonians 1:9
Life offers us the opportunity to choice life over death. Jesus stands ready to forgive and bring redemption to our imperfect life. I encourage you to have a holy experience with the savior of your soul before you lay prostrate on a gurney headed for the morgue.
“God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.” John 1:9