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‘It Could Be Us Tomorrow’

February 10, 2013 by  
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by Donna Rogers 

I went to a wake and a funeral recently.  I don’t like wakes.  They mean someone has died.  Same goes for funerals.

There is so much emotion emitted at both.  Those who attend have the words “Try to be strong” hanging over them.  Sometimes they are not strong.  Sometimes emotion overtakes them.  Then there are attempts to comfort them.  Sometimes that helps.  Sometimes it doesn’t.

Then there are the words “We have to stop meeting like this,” at wakes and funerals.  “We need to do better with keeping in touch.”   I believe the words have been said at every funeral I have attended.  I’m not sure the people involved really follow up on those words, though.

At the funeral I attended recently, some words were said that made me think we ALL need to follow up on keeping in touch.  The pastor giving the eulogy said:  “It could be us tomorrow.”

He was telling the congregation we could be dead tomorrow, just like the person in the casket before us was dead today. 

It made me think:  What if I died tomorrow?

I have so many more things I want to accomplish in my life before I die.  All my hopes and dreams would be lost if I died tomorrow.  I have so many people I want to connect and reconnect with.  I couldn’t do that by tomorrow.  There are so many roses I want to give out to people while they are still alive.  I can’t see myself doing that by tomorrow.  I have a desire to tell the Good News to people I don’t know.  They won’t hear it from me if I die tomorrow.

Yet tomorrow is not promised to us. 

James 4:14 says: Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (NIV)

The pastor’s words reverberated the essence of James’ scripture.  He said now is the time to decide whether you want to live for God, not tomorrow.  “It pays to be ready at all times,” he said.  “It pays to be born again.”

The pastor urged the living to get right with God now because time is urgent as the death of the person in the casket vividly illustrates.  It’s a warning to us, he said.

 The pastor comforted the family and friends of the deceased by saying, “Even while the curtain is closing, God has not given up on us.”  He quoted Revelation 22:10-12, in which Jesus says he is returning to earth soon, bringing rewards with him.

It could be us tomorrow. 

So, even if I don’t do everything I want to do before I die, I know that I’m right with God.  So, tomorrow won’t be so bad.


Donna RogersDonna Rogers is a veteran media expert and poet who has a heart for worshiping God and helping others overcome obstacles in life through poetry and inspirational writing.  She has written two books of poetry and numerous inspirational writings of how God works in the lives of people who trust and seek Him. Donna is married to Ron Rogers, a political cartoonist and illustrator who has illustrated Donna’s book covers and greeting cards.  She is currently working on more books.

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