But those who die in the Lord will live;
their bodies will rise again!
Those who sleep in the earth
will rise up and sing for joy!
For your life-giving light will fall like dew
on your people in the place of the dead!
We shall be raised from mortality to immortality, from corruption to incorruption. We shall come forth from the grave in physical perfection. Not a hair of the head shall be lost, and God shall wipe away all tears.
We rejoice in life. We rejoice in death. We have no desires except to do the will of Him whose we are and to dwell with Him in His kingdom at the appointed time
But sometimes the Lord’s people are hounded and persecuted. Sometimes He deliberately lets His faithful saints linger and suffer, in both body and spirit, to prove them in all things, and to see if they will abide in His covenant, even unto death, that they may be found worthy of eternal life. If such be the lot of any of us, so be it.
But come what may, anything that befalls us here in mortality is but for a small moment, and if we are true and faithful God will eventually exalt us on high. All our losses and sufferings will be made up to us in the resurrection.
You, who have died in the Lord's name
stay with him until the very end of your physical life.
despite of your excruciating pain, you stay with the Lord.
I'm so glad for your faith to Him, and to Him alone.
For He is the our saviour, our shield, and the only light.
Now, we do not seek death, though it is part of the merciful plan of the great Creator. Rather, we
rejoice in life, and desire to live as long as we can be of service to our fellowmen.
There are many things they will do and must do, even beyond the grave, to merit the fulness of the Father’s kingdom in that final glorious day when the great King shall say unto them, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matt. 25:34.)
There is no equivocation, no doubt, no uncertainty in our minds. Those who have been true and faithful in this life will not fall by the wayside in the life to come. If they keep their covenants here and now and depart this life firm and true in the testimony of our blessed Lord, they shall come forth with an inheritance of eternal life.
We do not mean to say that those who die in the Lord, and who are true and faithful in this life, must be perfect in all things when they go into the next sphere of existence. There was only one perfect man—the Lord Jesus whose Father was God.
So that's why, Don't worry. You are not a failure, you are still growing, it's okay to make mistakes every now and then, just as long as you're not deliberately making it. Your past is something that you can't fix, yes you can't, but you surely can do something for your future. And I really am glad that you WANT to fix your future. You're willing to do it I know. Like how you tried so hard to stop smoking cigarettes, how you tried so hard to hit a good score in college, how you finally stopped going to cybercafe, and how you start to go to church.... I'm so glad. Late is not the thing! You HAVE tried and you've done well.
When we gain sure testimonies of the truth and divinity of the Lord’s work, when we keep the commandments, when we overcome the world, when we put first in our lives the things of God’s kingdom: when we do all these things, and then depart this life—though we have not yet become perfect—we shall nonetheless gain eternal life in our Father’s kingdom; and eventually we shall be perfect as God their Father and Christ His Son are perfect.
|Little Willy - by Kim|
Vita mutatur, non tollitur
it will stay the same for us....
et fides vestra
vivat crescat floreat
in medio ventris mei!
For if we live, we live to the the lord, and if we die, we die to the lord.
So whether we live or whether we die, WE ARE THE LORD'S!
in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritui Sancti. Amen.