Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Thursday, April 6

Life After Death

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

During this Lenten season, we should all take time to reflect and recount our blessings and our joys and perhaps wonder why we have been so blessed. I have to admit that there has not been any one single event in my life to which I could assign the label of “surprisingly life changing” or “an epiphany,” where everything came together and gave my existence deeper meaning. Rather, it has been a winding and wondrous journey, filled with good people and experiences. All of that is part of my limited understanding of God’s mysteries.

Certainly there have been milestones along my way. In my church life, typical events have directed my journey: my baptism, my confirmation, my wedding to a wonderful man (which lasted 44 years until his death - and his funeral - a very difficult milestone for me),and all the marvelous congregations and pastors I have been privileged to know through the years.

In my professional life, I have been honored to experience amazing patients, students and colleagues over the past 47 years. From my initial decision to become a physical therapist up to my recent decision to retire, I know that I have been loved and guided. In my personal life, I have traveled from Minnesota to Kansas (and various cities within this great state) and to Virginia, always meeting new people and making new friendships, while continuing the old ones, too.

Through it all, I know that God’s hand has steadily directed my way and helped me stay focused. His guidance and patience is a mystery to me, and his steadfast love for me is hard to conceive, including the sacrifices and boundless love of our Savior. And yet, I know that I have been truly blessed - but again, why me? - that is a mystery.

One of the greatest mysteries for me (and perhaps for us all) is my own death. What really awaits us when we breathe our last breath? Because Jesus lived and died for our sins, we can know that our own deaths do not mean our oblivion, but instead a moving on to our new home in heaven. This faith isn’t something we can touch or see, but by trusting God’s word and promise, we can eventually understand this greatest mystery when we end our earthly journey. And so this message of faith and love is ours to share as we ponder all of God’s mysteries and make our way in this world. Our purpose is to love each other, share our faith, trust in God and be good stewards of this key to eternal life.

Camilla (Cam) Wilson

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