Tonight, no amazing words of counseling. No great Bible verses. Instead tonight I share life with you.
Recently I have had many people close to me suffer a lose in their families. Dads, sons, brothers, grandmothers, and friends have passed away within the past month. I completely understand that death is a reality, and as a Christian I can honestly say that I understand that death is simply the beginning of real life as it was meant to be lived.
But I have to also be real and tell you that even knowing this, death still hurts very much. There are so many things about death that I could say that it would fill a book, but none of them dull the hurt that death brings those of us who are still alive. I will even tell you that grief and grieving is a God given way of helping us cope with death and they should not be avoided.
But none of this is the real focus of this post tonight. The real point of this post is this: the minute you are done reading this post, I want you to make me a promise. I want you to promise me that you will immediately tell someone that you deeply love that you love them, and tell them how much they mean to you, and why they mean that much to you.
Believe me when I tell you that we do not tell those whom we love nearly enough that we love them, and as well, why we love them. Please never forget that no matter how old you are, we are never promised tomorrow. It is great to make plans and it is important to do so. But you should never plan to tell someone tomorrow that you love them – tell them right now!! You are here right now, and right now is what you have control over.
I have a person who is very close to me who lost his brother this past week. He was only 31 years old and he had 3 young children and wife left behind. The paramedics who came to try to revive him said that he died peacefully in his sleep of ‘natural causes’.
Natural causes? At 31? That somehow makes no sense at all, yet we know that was God’s will for him and his family. My friend told me that all he wishes is that he would have told his brother how much he loved him and how much he meant to him.
No one wants to be in this position. Know how you can not be in this position? Go tell the people you love how much you love them right now!!
What are you waiting on! Give them a hug and kiss from me too!!!
Pastor Brad Komgenick