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No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind… John Donne

Last week two of our Taiwanese friends lost family members.  One was an elderly gentleman.  Another was a young man.  The elderly gentleman lost consciousness in the bathroom.  The young man lost his life in a scooter accident.  My heart sympathizes with our friends.

Then I received news that one of my cousins passed away in a motorcycle accident.  I had watched him grow up tall, become an executive chef, and most notably, into a good man.  There was no ill nature in this young man, often smiling.  Even from half way around the world, his departure deeply affects us, and family & friends will grieve their loss.

I do not have a lot to say this week, except that death, our last enemy has been defeated on the cross.  For those who are in Christ, death isn’t the end, but the opening of a doorway that leads us to life for which we are created & prepared.  It’s a truth that those who are still living in darkness must hear because it will transform the way they face & respond to life & everything that happens in it.  It’s a message that I do not want to deprive anyone of hearing for that would truly be injustice in our imperfect & temporary world.

Although understanding & meaning may not come until we are finally in God’s presence, Jesus is the only One who can bring hope to our loss, grief & pain.

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)?