Beauty in Death
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
I woke up early with a vision of a fantastic sunset. Under a spectacular burst of fiery red rays was a funeral pyre, surrounded by loving friends and family. The death of someone great was being mourned, someone great in God's eyes.
The person's life I was witnessing, even on the funeral pyre, was a very rich life indeed. I sense this person was going to be so amazed at the great treasure going with her and the astounding welcome and celebration that was planned for her Homecoming.
Our spiritual treasure is a sum total of what we have invested in relationships and how well we have loved ourselves, others, and God.
Proverbs 4 says the heart is the "wellspring of life" and Solomon advised us to guard it well. Jesus warned us that it's possible for us to lose our souls in the hustle and bustle of pursuing life inside the matrix of this world's systems.
I am beginning to see Death in a whole different light. As Light itself. Not as a thief to tear us away from life, but as a messenger to be eagerly anticipated and planned for; not avoided or dreaded.
All of Life is sacred, even Death. Yet, even as love is twisted and perverted here on earth, so is ungodly death.
How many precious moments have I wasted in petty thoughts, in worries, in self-pity and self-doubt, and in fears of all kinds. The true Thief is a mentality that traps us into the pits of doubts and fears.
The only death to be feared is a life not fully lived.
Death is meant to be a reward for a life fully lived. Payday. Every word we have spoken will be weighed on the balance scale and put through the Refiner's fire!
We will receive recompense for everything we have said and done, for good or for evil… right down to our thoughts. It will all be witnessed in our appearance, for nothing will remain hidden.
Our resurrected body is what we look like from the inside out – it's a mirror of our soul. The soul's true beauty is presented in the resurrected body. We will recognize each other in eternity by the appearance of our souls, at the day of our Homecoming.
Jesus was able to see people's souls when he lived here on earth. For example, with the Pharisees he called them "whitewashed tombs" and John the Baptist called them "vipers". Who we truly are on the inside matters!
I sensed all this in the moments before fully waking up. It's the kind of knowing that once you know it, you just know that you know it… for Truth is like that.
I thank God for my enemies, who are really "beauty enhancers"!
What if every time we choose love, our soul expands?
What if every time we choose love the spirit of death is defeated?
There is so much mystery in this world. Religion offers a lot of answers and I used to innocently absorb the pre-digested truths – some of it good and some of it seriously flawed. It feels good to ponder and meditate and ask God direct questions. I feel like a child again, learning to think for myself, walking with my hand in His.
This is freedom, my friends! The freedom to think for ourselves. The freedom to be wrong. The freedom to fail. The freedom to DISCOVER!
And, hey… look what I found – it's a short video produced by "The Work of the People" and it confirms much of my vision from a more scholarly point of view. I love these confirmations of Kingdom living!
We don't often celebrate death or think of it as a blessing. Yet this is the lens through which I saw how our Father in Heaven sees the death of his children… like a brilliant sunset, more glorious in death than in life, because the sum total of all that person's greatest spiritual treasure was being gathered up and escorted with him into eternity. It changed me!
With all my love,
Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness.
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
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