May I Walk With You?

November 4, 2019

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Future

Recently, I read in a newspaper that in the state of Washington you now have a third options for burial. You can have a traditional funeral with an open casket, or be cremated, and now the newest plan. You can be composted! I don’t know how the composting of bodies will happen, but it does raise the question of what happens to us after death. How sad it is that so many of our contemporary people think that death is the end of our existence.
As Christians we know that the death of our physical bodies is not the end of our existence. We know that just as Jesus rose from the dead and was witnessed by many, that we too will rise as he did. Children often ask and are fearful when they become aware of death. Not only children, but most of us experience the same feelings. We wrestle with the question of what life will be like after we die.
For me, the question is not what will it be like after I die, but will I still be united in love with Jesus after I pass on? Let me quote the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans. “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? As Scripture says: For your sake we are being slain all the day long; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered. Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us. For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature , will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
What ever happens, I have the assurance that I will continue to be loved by Jesus and also to love him. For me, I will not enter eternity upon my bodily death. I entered eternity some sixty-nine years ago when I was baptized. I have already died and I will live forever in Christ. This is my hope. This is my faith. This is God’s love for me. I still don’t know how the body is composted!

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