Death is a gathering place.
Our Dad is dying. He is being cared for in a beautiful hospice facility in our town, and they are making him as comfortable as he can be at a time like this.
Death is a very uncomfortable event. It’s a painful process to experience and to watch. There is a great amount of fear and resistance involved. Rarely do people let go easily. I know that my Dad is not letting go easily.
As we walk with our Dad through this journey, we are thankful for so many that have gathered together with us.
We are thankful for the gathering together of family. Death draws people out of their comfort zones and unites them together for a common cause. Most families have issues. Our family is no different. Death is bringing us together. It’s become our gathering place.
We are thankful for the friends that have gathered together with us during this time. How encouraging it is to be thought of, prayed for, and checked up on. What a blessing it is to have places like Facebook to connect with others and give them an opportunity to share in bearing our burdens. We are all in this together. Nobody needs to go through anything alone. Media means like Facebook are helpful tools to keep us informed so that we are able to gather together during times like these. Death is a gathering place for our friends, and I’m so thankful for that.
Death is also a gathering place for the past to meet with the present. It gathers the good remnants that have remained from relationships that aren’t active and alive anymore. It has been a blessing to receive comfort from folks (like my former spouse). Death unites us with a common cause of care, and I appreciate that.
Death is a gathering place for grace, goodness, comfort, courage, and forgiveness. It’s a place where wounds can heal and relationships can be restored. It’s a place where comfort gathers with concern, and courage gathers with fear.
Death is also a gathering place for the temporal and the eternal. In the end, all that matters is the eternal. I’m thankful to know that my Dad trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior and will soon be gathered up safely and securely in His everlasting arms.
This is a time when we are gathering together. All my sisters will be here. The love, support, and prayers of extended family and friends will be here. The thoughts from those in our past will be here. The loving arms of Jesus will be here.
Death is a gathering place, and I’m so very, very, thankful for that.