On Death, Grief and a Silver Lining

I’ve had a tough week. Lockdown fatigue. Work pressure. Personal bereavement. Grief. In the last few days, I’ve bottled up lots of emotions as I grieve quietly the passing of a close family member.

Death is inevitable. But death is not the end; it’s the passage to a new life, either to eternal joy or Christ-less eternity.

On death and perspective

Ecclesiastes 7:2 is a thought-provoking verse and a regular reminder of true perspective.

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.

Death can teach us more than we learn from celebrating life. Sorrow of heart may be a trial of faith but it’s also an opportunity to experience deep humility and gain invaluable perspective on the brevity of life.

You won’t be here forever. You will die someday. But you must have an answer to this question before you go: “Have I fulfilled my purpose?”

On grief and the brevity of life

I’m a thinker. My deepest convictions are reinforced in my personal reflections on Scriptures and my personal journey through life.

This week, I had the chance to reflect again on what truly matters in life. In my grief, I was reminded of the obvious — life is too short! Vapour is momentary; it’s here now and gradually fades.

Life is a vapour. No other experience reminds us of this reality the way death does — James 4:14.

We don’t get a second chance to make life right; all we have is now.

In the end, nothing else matters. All other personal pursuits count for nothing, unless we live with Christ-filled eternity in view.

The silver lining

The death of a standing Christian is something to celebrate. That’s the silver lining in my grief, and it’s a BIG one. Does it hurt? It does. But 2 Corinthians 6:10 best captures my emotion:

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.

I encourage you to give much thought to the legacy you’re leaving behind. Pause and think about your eternal destiny and how your decisions today will affirm a glorious outcome when you’re no more.

We covet your prayers in this season.

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About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

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