Dear Friends of LLT,
I sit quietly, watching brightly-colored numbers and squiggly lines on florescent screens. Beeps and buzzes punctuate the silence here and there; muted voices float through the open door. It is ICU. My friend struggles to live. There is plenty of help. Machines. Medications. Loving voices. Hands wrapped around hands.
Far away, no one watches a pickup truck pull into an anonymous parking lot and come to a stop under a tree. My friend in the driver’s seat scribbles a short and emphatic note, drops it on the seat and ends his life. There was help. Medications. Praying friends. Loving voices.
The agony and the irony of one trying desperately to escape death, another actively seeking it. One eagerly clinging to life, another in haste to escape from it. Help is available, but help is not always enough. I cheer on the one seeking life. I grieve and mourn the one who finds death. Oh, the sting!
Life. So very precious.
Death. A hideous enemy, a stranger in God’s perfect universe. Thank God, this death is not final (only the second one is). There is resurrection!
“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For
as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Cor. 15:22-23)
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first...” (I Thess. 4:16).
Death will not mar God’s beautiful creation forever.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death;
neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things
are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
Death will come to an end.
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:14).
Is that not terrific news?! A universe forever freed from the sting of death?! Oh for that day
when there is no more struggle for life or surrender to death!
Won’t you join us in spreading this magnificent truth to the farthest corners of the earth?! We crave your prayers, your partnership, your financial support, your use of our materials and your enthusiasm. May God make us mighty witnesses!
For Jesus sake,