33 degrees. My grandmother's thick coat kept me pleasantly snuggly. When she died the extra-large, reversible monstrosity passed to me.
"Things should not outlive people." I thought as I hiked. "But they do."
The fact that it bothers me that I still wear my grandma's coat while she is gone is proof of the truth. People are designed to outlives things.
Somewhere inside we know we were made to live forever. That's why we grow angry when people die young. Because we say their time was cut short... That's why much of the population lives as though if they did the right things they will be immortal. But instead we all will die... So we tell ourselves at least we can control death. But we can't and when we try death gets even uglier.
But for those who believe in Jesus, death is merely a defeated enemy. It holds sway for the moment, but eternity will see it destroyed forever.
And because death doesn't win, life matters. Therefore, "be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.