It's only when we truly know and understand that we have limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had  (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross). Here are some thoughts about death inspired by the writings of an unknown writer.

Watch the gentle falling leaves tumbling on a winter’s eve. Soon their brown will turn to gray, lay resting on the ground beneath. Like a gentle passing breeze, the breath of life so softly comes. But something that we just don’t know is when will come our time to go.

Our time to go no one knows, if we’ll see rainbows or blankets of snow.  Will the sunrays shine when it comes our time to go.  Only the good Lord knows when our time to go has come.

Goodbye sorrow, goodbye pain, bright shine tomorrow when we rise again. Walking down the winding road, thinking of the things we’ve done. Leaving all the ones we’ve known, wondering about the seeds we’ve sown.

The clouds are gathering to receive the rain that’s fallen must return. We, like falling raindrops go rising from the earth below. Our time to go, no one knows, if  we’ll see rainbows or blankets of snow.  Will the sunrays shine when it comes our time.  Only the good Lord knows when it’s our time to go.

"Death, I think, is really life, the living, I'd call dead; to leave this human, mortal strife, and in new paths be led. 

Death, I think, is beautiful, a new and happy home, to live then wwith the Father and away you'll never roam.

Death, I know, brings sorrow and often drops a tear; then you think your end has come, but it's only life that's near" (from Heavenly Poetry written by a ten-year old, Ted Hagstrom who was killed in an auto accident when he was 13 years old). 

When we die we leave behind us all that we have and take with us all that we are.  So let's live life so that when death comes we may embrace like friends, not encounter like enemies. There is nothing more certain than death, nothing more uncertain than the time of dying. We should therefore be prepared at all times for that which  is certainly coming.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory.

For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. -Romans 14:8

Let's take care of our life and the Lord will take care of our death. How many Christians live their lives packed up and ready to go?  That's something to think about before our time to go.

Dedicated to my dear mother (November 05, 1916 - December 20, 2017). May she rest in peace.

By Tim Pedrosa

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 Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins