Last night, I helped “officiate” a dinner party for a dear friend who is suffering from terminal cancer. She was supposed to have gone home to be with the Lord in mid-February, but the Lord has blessed her with extra time here on earth.
When the Evite went out, many of our guests weren’t sure how to interpret the invitation. Some thought it was some form of junk mail. Others thought it was morbid. Our friend thought it was an incredibly wonderful idea.
I have officiated over three hundred funerals over the years. I would hear the reflections, the eulogies along with the words of appreciation and love directed toward the deceased. I would think to myself, “I wonder if they said this to their loved one before they died?” and “It would have been great if the deceased could have heard these words?”
So, we had this Party to Die For. It was an opportunity for our friend to hear how much she is loved by all her family and friends. It was also a chance for her to share her love and appreciation to all of them along with her faith in Jesus Christ.
Her attitude facing death is incredible. She believes with all her heart in the truth of the Word of God which says, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:55-57
Death has no victory over our friend. It has been conquered for her through her Lord and Savior. She echoes the Apostle Paul when he wrote, “…the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:6b-8
Death has no victory because death doesn’t end life; it begins life eternal in the presence of God. In a sense, we can laugh at death or at least experience laughter about life before we die.
We had a great time at her Party to Die For. Was it morbid? Not in the least bit. It was a wonderful time of great food prepared lovingly by the best chefs in our church, laughter, fond memories and praise to an incredible God for giving earthly and eternal life to a friend who is loved beyond measure by all.
She is ready to go home to be with Lord whenever He calls her. Are you?
Something to think about…