“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
Anyone who is involved with the ministry of addiction or substance understands that ultimly death occurs. We receive random calls and our grieving is put to side because comfort is needed. We loved them, we pray for them; we invest our lives in then. But the abrupt loss of Joe Catalano hit me personally and my response was heavy hearted. But there many are lessons to learn from death; here three.
We are still here; therefore God is not done with us yet. Kiss your wife, children, mother, father, sister, brother etc… And let them know how much you appreciate them. And thank God for being loving, kind and graceful towards you. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us triumphantly in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
God is Control:
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) This requires faith; faith that can reach passed the external elements and process clearly that the Creator of the universe has everything in balance.
Everyone will Die:
This is the one reality we all have in common; physical death is inevitable. While watching an episode of House a nurse irately runs into Dr. House and cries, “If we don’t do something the patient is going to die.” House gently replied, “ We are on going to die, the question is how soon.” The minute we are born, we all are facing death. The questions; what are we going to do with this life, what kind of legacy we are leaving, what are people going to remember us by?
And as for death, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “To love someone means to see him as God intended him.” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon. ~Isaiah 55:7