Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Death's Dark Shadows Put to Flight

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel.

I was thinking the other day how this will be the first Christmas without a lot of people, and I'm not gonna lie, it hurt quite a bit. For me, the closest people I'm missing this year are my uncle Kenneth and Honeygirl 
(yes, she was a person-at least to me). 
And in the past week, so many relatives of friends have passed away. SO many!!
The above verse of O Come Emmanuel always comes to mind when I'm tempted to be sad about death, though.
Death's dark shadows put to flight.
Death casts dark shadows and gloom over us, making us very sad if we're not careful. But because of Christmas - because of Emmanuel's coming - because of the birth (and eventual death) of JESUS - we don't have to fear the dark shadows of death. His coming and dying made a way for us to conquer death and overcome its darkness and curses.
His coming and dying made it so that all who are saved are free from the power of hell, and therefore citizens of Heaven for eternity.
Believing this, death is nothing but the passing from this earthly life into an eternity that is far greater than not only anything we've ever known, but anything we could ever imagine right now.
Believing this, death is nothing to be feared and everything to be excited about!!!!! 
If you look at it that way, our spirits should be filled with cheer at the thought of Jesus, the Dayspring, making it so that death is not a final destination, but merely a stepping stone to a life that feels and looks like Christmas on steroids 24/7 (for lack of a better description of Heaven at 2:30 am, from someone who hasn't yet experienced the glory).

So this Christmas, instead of letting nostalgia take over and feeling sad about the loved ones that are no longer here to celebrate the season with us, I'm cherishing the wonderful Christmas memories I have with them and thanking God that He blessed me so abundantly with them.

Philippians 1:21 - 
For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.


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