The picture shown is something that we who call ourselves Christians pray will be our ultimate victory: attaining everlasting life in heaven above with our Lord and Savior. Yet despite our best efforts, we know that the ultimate decision is based on our faith in Him, for without faith we can never witness His grace in our lives. And we still have worries about death even though we know in our hearts it is the beginning of real life, life without pain or suffering.
The end of life should be looked at as a normal consequence of earthly life and while it has caused man many a sleepless night, it should not be such a concern if our heart is in the right place. You see, the only way to get close to Jesus our Savior is through the heart and when we surrender our life to Him and commit to do our best to live as He wants we open ourselves up to an entirely new realm, eternal life, a life without the constraints of our body, time or space. God knows that it is so wondrous that we can't even imagine just how great it will be but we can certainly dream and pray that we are good enough. And even that we don't have to worry about if we believe because Jesus knows we are sinners and through His death we were offered forgiveness by his grace. All we have to do is accept His offer and believe Him and in Him.
And while absolutely scientific proof of life after life is not available, we do have some comprehensive studies and analyses that have been conducted to give us evidence short of proof. Coupled with the Word of God, some of the evidence found in the Middle East by archaeologists and historians, we have been blessed with a comprehensive medical study by a renowned psychiatrist giving us reason to believe in eternity.
This week on Sunday Morning Coming Down we will talk about the life and work of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist who studied a heavy volume of near death and death experiences, including talking with the patients themselves, their families and witnesses and focusing on their transition through the five stages of death and published in her book, Death and Dying, which came out initially in 1969. She was a pioneer in this subject as, just like the rest of us, she had questions that had not been answered, hence, she performed the study herself.
A favorite quote from her really sums it up: "Live so you don't have to look back and say, 'God, how I wasted my life' ".
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Sunday Morning Coming Down was created to give another easy way to make contact with God through words, prayer and music. I hope it will help you in your journey toward your own eternal life. God bless you all.