I can’t believe it’s February again. Last year, Ash Wednesday was the earliest I can remember and happened to fall on February 14th (this year it’s on March 6th). As many of you may know, Valentine’s Day is special to me as I married my high school sweetheart 37 years ago. I’ll never forget that 2018 Ash Wednesday service which was beautiful and meaningful, and I remember not feeling very well when leaving. It was also just days past the one-year anniversary of my earthly father’s death of heart failure and my father-in-law’s death on February 15th. Ironically that night, I found myself lying in the ICU waking up from the cardiac alarm monitor that was concerning the team on the floor. I discovered that I suffered a heart attack after leaving church. The reality is ironic that I had a heart attack on Valentine’s Day, the one day that is symbolized by a heart.
I discovered that I got away with a new lease on life. Our hearts are the center of our bodies, but our soul is the center of our lives. As Christians, we know that even after our hearts have died, our soul will live on to eternity. This is the wonderful message we have as Christians. A wonderful message of hope and everlasting life. I know that death has touched the lives of many of us recently. I know it is with great agony that we have said good bye.
As Christians we know that death isn’t our end, it’s our new beginning. We are comforted with the reality of eternal life. In closing, let’s remind each other the words St. Paul recorded. Words of comfort. Words of hope.
1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 13-18.
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and
rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”
God’s blessings to all. Dan