151,600 people die each day, according to www.ecology.com, that is nearly 2 people every second. This goes on day after day and most days we individuals never mourn any of those deaths. Why is that? How can we go through each day without sorrow knowing 151,600 people died yesterday and will do so again today? Maybe we have our eyes on the 360,000 babies that are born daily. That’s double the excitement. Is that how our sadness is held back, looking at new life instead of life ending? That’s not it either, is it? We all know the real reason. If we do not know, or have close contact with any of the 151,600 leaving the world we do nothing to acknowledge them. I know, it sounds a little cruel when stated like that. I am not trying to shame anyone, and we should not feel any shame. That is a half million people coming or going every day. If we tried to acknowledge even 1% we wouldn’t have time left for our daily duties.
Although death is a fate we all share and may appear the same from afar, it is never the same up close. When someone we know passes, we mourn. No matter how few friends or relatives a person might have, when that person dies, someone mourns. Death is powerful. Lives are immediately changed with a death. Routines are halted, tears are shed, disputes are put aside, memories are shared, and reviews of our own lives are made. Yes, a death will definitely put a brief stop to the normality of life. Is there anything else we can think of that has that kind of power? There certainly is,,, LIFE. Life is where true power resides. I said, “Death is powerful”, but death really has no power without life. No life, No death! Death cannot exist on its own. Therefore it has no power on its own. It has to steal it from life. We mourn a death because life has been taken. Jesus, himself, claimed to BE life. He wasn’t saying he was alive and breathing. He claimed to BE life, all life, the giver and the taker. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He also said, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who beliefs in me, though he may die, he shall live.” Did you hear that? He says it right there, “I am more powerful than death.” Now that’s power!! Would you like to have more power than death? Believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and He will gladly give you the power to look death right in the eye and say, “No thank you, I choose life.”