Aging and Dying: Gradual Graduation into God’s Presence

By: Marci M I’m here to tell you that death isn’t the end. Not for my mom, my friends, for you or for me. That means that all my life I’ve been aging: moving towards graduation into the next world, to live with God once more. We lived with Him before this life; we’ll live with Him again. As the decades pile up, I begin to notice the effects of aging. I begin to notice my body wearing out, piece by piece. I used to be able to stretch farther than that; I used to be faster at that; I used to...
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What is the Meaning of Life?

By Jay V One day I was sitting on a glider swing under a huge Linden Tree. I was in high school struggling with thoughts, of who I was and what was I to do with my life. I was watching a pair of birds flying to and fro and feeding their young in a nest above me. I was down; I had few friends, found school difficult, and was wondering what the purpose of life was. As I watched the birds above me I wondered why wasn’t I like them? They seemed to have a great life: no troubles, no school, and...
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Is God there for Me?

By Richard H. “Get Home!” The prompting came to my soul. I had been away from home that Saturday morning when I had felt a strong impression that I needed to return home immediately. I could not think of any pressing need at home, and in my mind I justified staying where I was. But now the prompting came again. Immediately I left. During the drive home I was again rationalizing in my mind whether I should have stayed. As I rounded the final corner, and our yard came into view, I saw the...
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What happens when you die?

When I was younger, I was scared of anything that had to do with the end of life, and the afterlife. In church, I often heard talk of eternal life in heaven after death. I’ll be super honest, as I understood those concepts, I did not want to be in heaven, or have eternal life. I mean, what in the world would I do for… an unlimited amount of time? I had only heard stories about a lot of clouds, and everyone wearing the same outfit of robes and a halo. I could not find meaning in these description...
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Do Connections from this Life Last Forever?

By Brent M. I feel a need to talk about life and death. I am 72 years old. I am a prostate cancer survivor. I take pills for atrial fibrillation, blood pressure, high cholesterol, reflux and diabetes. My mother died at the age of 62 from leukemia and my father at 70 from prostate cancer. In spite of the challenges I am relatively fit. I walk miles most days, keep my weight at about 160, get adequate rest and try to reduce stress in my doings. Still at my age, I am intrigued with this stage of...
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How Did God Save My Life?

By Shaun N. When I was 17 I learned through my own experiences that God is always there and that he loves us. At that point in my life I was a star basketball player on one of the best teams in the state. I was popular. I didn’t need any help. I didn’t need to rely on anyone, not even the Lord. I felt like I was on top of the world. Yet, I felt that there was something missing within my life. I had no clue what it was. I was unsure if God even knew who I was. I did not even feel like I knew w...
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