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Looking Forward

Lately we’ve been talking to our children about death. Yesterday one of our family members passed away. Earlier this year one of my husband’s family died. It’s been a good opportunity to process through these ideas of grief and death with our children. Death is not the end. Death is the beginning of something else–a belief my grandmother held firmly to until the last. Her love of adventure carried her through her this life and on into the next. I hope I pass on that sort of legacy to my children!

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

Death is not the end. Just as the death of this year is but the beginning of the next. A doorway through which we come to the next adventure . . . the next place God is calling us. How do I embrace what’s coming in this next year? What things am I loving when I ought to let them go? How do I embrace death in those areas? God has given us a glimpse of what’s coming in the Bible. We have hints of the new world throughout Scripture. What hints has He given me for this year? What do I know I need to press on toward? How about you? What are you looking forward to?

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