The End as We Know It

I distinctly remember watching the news the morning of September 11, 2001.  We were getting ready to go into the office.  My husband was brushing his teeth when he paused and said, “Hey, you’ve gotta’ come here and watch this!”  We sat and watched, spell-bound.  He said, “Surely the end is near.”

He was correct.  My husband died of cancer March 9, 2010.  For him, it was the end of life as we know it.

A friend and his wife were expecting their second child.  She went into labor 2 1/2 months early.  Their son lived.  She tragically died.  For her, it was the end of life as we know it.

A classmate from years ago was driving to a church function with her family recently.  They were in a horrible accident.  She was injured.  Her husband died.  For him, it was the end of life as we know it.

Last night I got news from a friend.  Her daughter’s friend from school had a parent die suddenly this week.  She’s in kindergarten.  For her father, it was the end of life as we know it.

This world is full of stories like that.  People who, for no fault of their own, are cut short of their “three score and ten” years.  Some, despite their reckless living, go far beyond 70 years.  But in the end, we will all reach the end as we know it.   “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27.   We don’t get a second chance to come back and do it over.  We don’t go to another place where we try to better ourselves.   This is it.

But when I look around, I’m not sure if this earth is able to withstand another three score and ten.  Things seem to be winding down on this planet we call home.  Population is exploding faster than the food supply.  Natural disasters are increasing in intensity and frequency.  There are wars and rumors of wars.  All these things the Bible tells us are signs of the end.  And, the gospel is being preached to the ends of the earth.  “And then the end will come.”  Surely the end of life as we know it is near for all of us.

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  1. Jon

     /  March 23, 2011

    MARANATHA!!

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