I have found myself coming up short in my stash of greeting cards, especially “sympathy” category, due mostly to not going shopping often due to Covid pandemic. I have not been out for any reason shopping or much of anything else. After I get my booster vaccine, I think I will mask up and go back to church. I miss it, especially my church family.
I think this is just another item for the list of age-related problems. People my age are dying, I am sorry to say. The most recent obituary is for Dick L. Graff, a 79-year-old gentleman of Burnsville. He was several years younger than I, so I didn’t know him as well as I did his sisters and brother. I understand he was a much-loved neighbor and friend and member of the Burnsville community. My condolences to his family and friends who will miss him.
I talked to Patty Ann (Graff) Cobb on the phone, and we remembered that our group of girls, Wiant, Kelley, Graff, Goodrich, etc. kids would climb the hills nearly every pretty Sunday afternoon and go to Moyer’s cave or to the grape-vine swings. Sometimes our moms and dads would come up on the hill beside the Kelley house and cook yummy things over an open fire. Many times, we swam in the Little Kanawha River or went boating in our homemade jon boat. Those were good memories.
Last week in my Chat, I included a quote from Luke out of my Clear Word paraphrase and asked you to find what Luke told us in his stories about Jesus’ horrible crucifixion that was not included in any of the other three gospels, Mathew, Mark or John. Here is the quote:
“While in the guard room waiting for His legal trial, the mob had been mistreating Jesus. When the rooster crowed this time, Jesus turned and looked at Peter just as Peter looked up, and their eyes met. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had told him earlier that evening. ‘Before the rooster finishes crowing in the morning, you will have denied knowing me three times.’” Luke 22:61.
When Peter saw the pain in Jesus’ eyes, the disappointment, I am sure, it broke Peter’s heart.
I also mentioned that there is one more incident mentioned in only one of the gospels. I just want you to read it for yourself:
“Matthew 27:52-53 52and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”
Right there is another proof that no one goes directly to Heaven until Jesus comes and resurrects them. They sleep peacefully, which is why “REST IN PEACE” is on so many tombstones. Read Ecclesiastes 9:5, etc. There have been some special resurrection or folks who went to Heaven without dying. Elijah, and Enoch. The “spirit” that goes back to God is what God breathed into the body of clay that God made at Creation. He breathed into his nostrils the breath (spirit) of life and man became a living soul. Without that spirit or breath, he is a dead soul.
Genesis 2:7 says that when the breath of life was breathed into the nostrils of the body of man, man became a living soul. God used two kinds of materials—the dust for making man’s body and the breath of life for producing man’s spirit. When these two things came together, right away man became a living soul. There is no “spirit” out there floating around as we think of ghosts.