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I was shocked by the
news that "Flo-Jo," Florence Griffith Joyner died of a heart seizure on
September 21, 1998 at the age of 38. Just ten years before, at the 1988
Olympic Games at Seoul, Korea, she won the gold medal in the 100 and 200
meter race and in the 4x100 meter relay. How can an Olympic athlete die
at such a young age with a disease that is associated with a sedentary
lifestyle? I don't know. The only answer I can give you is that we will
It is much easier for me
to bury someone after they've lived a rich, full life than if they die
unexpectedly. Those services are usually a mixture of sadness that we've
lost loved ones, and happiness that they've gone on to their reward.
Burying babies is the hardest.
Last year I conducted a funeral for a baby who died from suffocation. The
father laid the baby down on a water bed to sleep. During the nap, he rolled
over and was trapped between the mattress and the side of the bed. I couldn't
make it through the service without breaking down. The pain was overwhelming.
One thing is for sure, from
the moment we are born, we are old enough to die. Unless Jesus returns
in our lifetime, none of us will escape death. The scripture says, "And
as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
Life is fragile and precious.
Eternal life in Heaven is
a promise Jesus made to His believers. It is available, without cost, but
advanced reservations are required.
Have you made your reservations?
Are you helping others make theirs?