Daily D – Luke 8:53-54
They laughed at him, because they knew she was dead. So he took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up!”
LUKE 8:53-54 (CSB)
Dead at twelve years old. Alive again later that same day. Here we have another person with two dashes on her tombstone.
What would other children, parents even, ask a girl who had been dead? This is not hard to imagine. You know some curly-headed boy asked, “What was it like to be dead?”
Another question, maybe not considered by anyone but her was when it came to die again, would she awaken to see Jesus there again? Would everyone be delighted to see her? Would she get up at once and enjoy her family and friends? Would Jesus tell them again to give her something to eat? (See verse 55.)
Dying is as simple as going to sleep and awakening in another world surrounded by those who love you most and welcome you best.
There is an old song called, Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw. I confess I may be the only person in the good ol’ USA who has never heard that song. You may be shocked at all the songs I have not heard in the last few decades. I’m guessing this is a lament, a song sung sad. I’m guessing it is about loss and all that is left behind.
I’m also guessing a girl who would have been forever twelve years old but was raised to live a normal life lived with an orientation quite different from Mr. McGraw. I’m guessing she lived leaning toward death and all that lay beyond her last nap. I’m guessing she looked forward to seeing Jesus face to face again, to see that smile, to awaken to a brand new world full of delight, absent of all pain.
When we meet this little girl, all grown up and welcoming everyone to heaven, we can ask her all of our questions. Maybe there is one for us to ponder even now: What is it like to live, really live, when you are no longer afraid of death?
This curly-headed boy wants to live like that.
I will lean toward the end because it is the land of beginning again.
Our Father, thank you for children who remind us of the limitless possibilities of life. Thank you for this child who reminds us that awakening to Jesus is worth dying for. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.