How can it be said that the day we die is better than the day we are born?
How can it be true? The day you die is better than the day you are born?
I have read this chapter of the Bible previous to this time in my life. Never before did it have meaning like it does now. God’s Word, the Living Word, has once again changed to minister to me through my grief. As I search for answers on grieving and mourning the loss of my best friend in life, my mother, I can honestly say I feel like a brand new believer.
I opened the Bible the other morning as I would when I didn’t know how to get started reading as a brand new Christian. I was desperately looking for God to open the page to what I needed to read in this sorrowful season in life. It was not by chance that the Bible opened to Ecclesiastes…7:1-4.
A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume.
And the day you die is better than the day you are born.
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties.
After all, everyone dies—
so the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
for sadness has a refining influence on us.
A wise person thinks a lot about death,
while a fool thinks only about having a good time
Her reputation continues to be valued – everywhere we go, people are pouring out their heart and crying with us as they tell us about a time my mother touched their life. Others tell of how she influenced them to make good choices and treat others with love and compassion. Many a person talks about my mother’s hugs, and how they now hug their family and friends or employees as a result of the love my mother demonstrated.
Sorrow is better than laughter – I believe when we are in sorrow, we are open to hear what God has for us – I find myself wanting to live as He needs me to live so that I am ready when it is time to leave this world and enter eternity.
I think about the legacy I leave behind, will it be anything near what my mother has lived?
This is the most difficult journey of my life, as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, but I am thankful for His word that sustains and guides me.
God bless you today!