You just never know…. Even at Christmas…


I have seen in movies and read in books the concept of death being the final great adventure. It is the ultimate trip into the unknown. Perhaps it is, but it something you never know when it will arrive. I haven’t faced that in my unexpected adventure just yet, but I have dealt with the results for many, many people.

In truth, dying is one of those things you just can’t preplan. Honestly, we try to plan every aspect of our lives, don’t we? When is the last time you asked someone to do something that they didn’t have to check with their calendar, daily planner or cell phone? We plan our days almost down to the minute we plan our weeks so that they are filled from the time we get up to the time we finally go to bed each night. We know what is going to happen and in what order it is to happen in our lives. Most of the folks I know plan their vacations a year in advance, just to make sure they get those days off and can get the accommodations they desire.

Here we are not planning for Christmas. We have bought or are planning on buying the perfect gift for all of those special people or pets in our lives. We have our Christmas parties planned and know who’s house we will be at and in what order we will visit them as well as how much time we allot to be in that particular home. OK, maybe you personally don’t do those things, but I actually do know some folks who do.

The problem with all of those plans is that death has never been informed of them. This past week (two weeks before Christmas), the mother of a dear friend died. They hadn’t planned on flying to a distant city to sit in a funeral home with a bunch of other people, but it happened. They quickly rearranged their schedules and did what was important, saying good bye to that special person in their lives.

Jesus tells a very well know story in Luke 12:16-21, read the words once again: “And he said to them, in a story, The land of a certain man of great wealth was very fertile: And he said to himself, What is to be done? for I have no place in which to put all my fruit. And he said, This I will do: I will take down my store-houses and make greater ones, and there I will put all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have a great amount of goods in store, enough for a number of years; be at rest, take food and wine and be happy. But God said to him, You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together? So that is what comes to the man who gets wealth for himself, and has not wealth in the eyes of God.” (BBE)

My friend shared that at the end of the funeral service for her mother the preacher shared a very deep and meaningful thought. He said, “For some of you here this is good bye, for others of you here it is just saying, I’ll see you later”. When death comes to you or one of your loved ones, what will it be for you?

“A Prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it”. Proverbs 22:3

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