I know the adage is that bad things happen in threes... and this week it seems to be happening. Yesterday I received news of a young person whom I know and that she needs all kinds of medical tests because she has developed symptoms that occur with MS. Then this morning I got word of the passing of my dear neighbor, Don, last night. He was a great, loving person who fought off cancer earlier this year, was given a clean bill of health, but all of sudden last week he got sick and very weak and his body shut down. I called a few of my neighbors to let them know and during one phone call I found out that another neighbor, who has been fighting pancreatic cancer for almost 2 years now, is getting hospice care.
Bam... bam, bam. Two of these three people I know are/were faithful believers in God and in the joy of eternal life in heaven with God. I hope the other one is too. She spoke calmly about her situation and we talked of how we need to make each day a blessing. She is in pain even with the hospice care, but she was comforting me on the phone.
This is my reason for blogging: I just don't know HOW there are people in the world that go through illness and sadness, and nearing death without knowing, without believing, that our time on earth is temporary - and that the everlasting life offered by God - is such an assurance. I mean, how can someone lose a loved one without thinking they will one day rejoice together in heaven? It just must be so, so, very overwhelming and "final" without knowing.
I know, I believe, that my loved ones that have already gone before me will be waiting to greet me. I don't get "how" or I don't understand it, but I have faith. Earth is my "temporary home." I am happy I believe. It has gotten stronger as I have aged. I still get scared. I still have moments of doubt, but most of the time I BELIEVE...
Thank you God.