There are natural fears about dying, because we like the familiar and the ordinary. Earth is a nice planet, and our homes are nice and our way of life is nice, but we really would not wish to end it. So there is a real fear and that is OK for all human beings.
However, for those with faith – and I pray that all reading this letter are people of faith in God and the son of God, Jesus Christ – we have a deeper perspective based on the Gospels by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John as well as the whole New Testament. There, fear gives way to a faith in the afterlife, resurrection and love of heaven, where we shall be with Jesus, Mary, the angels and the saints of God forever.
With this faith in mind, dying is not so scary, threatening or fearful – believing that there is a better world not made by human hands where our souls shall be forever happy. With this Easter faith in mind, we shall go to church April 8 with people of faith worldwide to celebrate the resurrection of a Savior who died on the cross to liberate us from the sins of the world and redeem us to gain the inheritance of heavenly glories and heavenly existence with Him.
Thus, we who believe in the afterlife come to share an Alleluia of praise to God for our deep faith in His salvation to eternal life.
Death, at times, is scary to face and deal with. However, when you have the gift of faith in God, you shall look at death with new eyes to know heaven is real, and really our eternal goal and destination is where God grants us eternal happiness.
So, this Sunday, April 8, go to a church where songs of Alleluia will be sung. Praise the risen one whose love for us is personal, life-giving and redeeming. Go to a church with much joy that there is a place called heaven where we shall again be with the ones who have gone before us in death. This will be a home-going to our eternal home, and God is the One whose lovely plan of sharing it with his sons and daughters makes all the difference in our faith. Amen!
The Rev. Michael Lubinsky
(The writer is parochial vicar of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)