Beyond this Earthly Life and Towards Eternity

New Life Composed by Ted Amper

My eyes closed today and tears flowed from windows
My heart stopped today and the world seem to pause
The pain is just throbbing
The questions keep coming

But as my body slept, my soul started running
Into the arms of Him, who bought me from the beginning

The pain turned to worship
The questions are all answered

Chorus:
O Grave, where is your sting?
O Death, where is your victory?
For I’m no longer chained
I’m free in eternity

My eyes, now see my King
My heart, now ever worshipping
There’s none that compares
to this life that I have in You

Please forgive the shaky capture of the video. It’s a raw footage of our church’s special number some weeks back. The singer/composer is my brother-in-law, Ted, while my husband, is the one on the drums.

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“..in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Benjamin Franklin

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A fraction of eternity. I’ve come to believe that life here on earth is just a holding place, a training ground of sorts, for the life that we’re designed to live. Our innate desire to live forever comes from the very core of our being to live eternally. Because truth is, we really will, whether that’s eternal life or eternal death – it’s a choice we make while we’re still here on earth. More on this on our page, Life Change.

And if you happen to choose “Life Change,” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 is clear about this, 

“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We do our share to make life worthwhile, cherish and nurture relationships.  We are not designed to live life alone. This is why we grieve when we lose a loved one. It’s inevitable. Aside from the limited time we all know humans are expected to live, truth is, no matter how we try to prolong our life, we are going to expire sooner or later.

” yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14

No one is assured of tomorrow. No one. The above photo, for instance, is that of a 7 year old girl’s grand mausoleum, who went way too soon. She was promised Disneyland but never had the chance, so her folks built her a mausoleum that looks just like one in Phoenix Memorial Chapel, where I got to recently visit.

Phoenix Memorial Chapel and Crematory is the upcoming Philippines’ First Necro-Tourism site. While that may sound a little too spooky for some, there really is such a thing. For those who are less squeamish, or maybe considered the realist bunch, this can be something fascinating.

Necro-Tourism has been around for centuries and has been practiced by those who visit the graves of popular departed ones.

Some of the features of the Centennial Garden in Sta. Rosa City are:

  • Playground for kids
  • Fascinating landscapes
  • Avante-garde facilities and state-of-the-art amenities
  • Architecture inspired by Ancient Greek

The Centennial Garden is shooting to build a museum in line with this project. Some that will be up for display are these clone artifacts.

Phoenix Memorial offers the bereaved family member/s the best services to honor their departed loved ones. Immortalizing memories of the departed is no longer limited to those who are rich and famous, as they have conceptualized personalized funeral arrangements, memorabilia, allowing family and friends for a walk through the life of the demised loved one. For more information on their services, visit onephoenix.com.ph and for centennial.ph.

For someone who has once upon a time stared death on the face, I was 19 years old then, with a cancer scare, I am with peace. I’m assured of eternal life. I do not fear death because of the things I’ve mentioned at the beginning of this post. But to be left by a loved one, that’s something I know I have to constantly battle in my mind to bring to the foot of the Cross. It’s one thing to go and know where you’re going and another thing to be left by a loved one and still be in my yet struggling, non-glorified body, is another. But by faith, through Jesus, my constant call is to share the good news of the Lord’s saving grace, so the assurance of reuniting in the heavenly realms with friends and loved ones is made solid.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Thessalonians 13-14

Beyond this Earthly Life and Towards Eternity

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