Death…and the Life it Brings

Today, some of my friends will be at a memorial service. Last week, several of my friends attended a funeral; one of my friends attended two. The past two weeks, it seems, have been fraught with grief and the immense heartache the reality of death brings, yet it is this truth that composes the essence of our existence. See, the funny thing about death is that it always compels us forward into life. 

Although I do not wish the pain of such a loss upon anyone, the hope that it brings for those still living is far too profound to ignore. Recently, I’ve been listening to Justin McRoberts. I heard him play this summer and am still haunted by one of his lyrics.

You see the question isn’t are you going to suffer any more
But what will it have meant when you are through?
The question isn’t are you going to die, you’re going to die
But will you be done living when you do?

                                           -Justin McRoberts, “Done Living”


Wow. “The question isn’t are you going to die, you’re going to die. Will you be done living when you do?” It’s inevitable. We’re all going to die. Even as I type this, the number of breaths I have left in me is dwindling.  Psalm 144:4 says, “Man is like a breath; his days are a fleeting shadow.” We have been given limited opportunity to live…what are we doing with it?

I think we can all admit that we far too often take our relationships for granted, pretend like we’re invincible, and daily devote ourselves to things that have no eternal value. And to what end? For what purpose? When the sun sets on our lives, will our day be done? Or will we die uncertain that our life ever truly began?

So on this day, this fleeting day, how will you live? How will I live?

“…set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.”  Colossians 3:2-3 (Amplified Version)

For those of us in Christ, death has already come. And death has already been conquered. Let the gravity of that sink in a bit. Death has no hold on us! As we walk through this week, may we be mindful of both the living and dying things that surround us. Yes, let us mourn the loss of those we love, but as the dark night of death does its best to linger on in our lives, may we greet it with the light of life, irradicating its shadows and illuminating the few moments we have to truly live.


~ by Brittany Howard on November 1, 2008.

One Response to “Death…and the Life it Brings”

  1. God is definitely moving on campus.
    May God open our eyes to see life from his perspective so that we may live holy lives.

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