I am the resurrection and the life:
he that believeth in me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live.
John 11:25Death is not exactly a happy subject. But sometimes it is something that you have to come to terms with even if you really don’t want to. Considered from an eternal perspective, it is only a stepping stone on our path to returning to live with our Heavenly Father. The wonderful thing is that we don’t have to live in darkness wondering what happens to us after we die. Christ has already laid the path before us. We know that like Him and through Him we too will be resurrected.
My dad called all of us together this past weekend to tell us that the cancer treatments that he underwent were not successful. There is no way of knowing exactly when the cancer will finally overtake him. It could be weeks. It could be months. But he is prepared. He does not doubt what our Savior taught. He knows that though he may die, yet shall he live again. It is not the end. Just another step along the path to eternal life.
This past weekend was hard. Unlike anything I have ever experienced. It was difficult to watch my dad cry as he expressed his love for us and what his wishes were. I think even more difficult though was to witness the deterioration of his body. To see what he has suffered. I pray now not that he might be cured, but that he might not suffer even more.
My dad’s life is a very full one. As you can see from the picture above, he definitely does not lack people that love him. And what more could a person ask for? But to live a life where at the end you know you have touched others and brought goodness to their lives. He is especially loved by his grandchildren. Mandy told me yesterday that she would like to die. I of course almost panicked because why in the world would my beautiful 4 year old want to die? I asked her and she answered - “Because I really want to be with Granddaddy when he dies.” So I happily explained to her that she would not need to die now, but that she could wait a very long time and Granddaddy would still be waiting for her. Just as so many others will be waiting for him when my dad finishes his days in mortality.
Never have I been so grateful for my faith in Jesus Christ and in our Heavenly Father as I am now.