In a moment, in a flash – an ordinary day became a disaster as the Hawker Hunter plane ploughed into the A27 in Sussex. Shock and the grief for those who suddenly have lost family, for those who have lost friends – without even saying goodbye. When an unexpected tragedy happens it is a reminder that none of us know how long we have left. It could end at any moment. And for those of us who have lost someone – we feel the pain, the sadness, the loss and the loneliness.
But what of those who have died – what do they think? Can they think anything at all? This is in the top three of the big questions of life (and death) – the other two being ‘Why am I here?’ and ‘Is there a God?’
When we breathe our final breath – what happens? Some would say nothing – nothing happens at all – that is it. Many people I chat to hope that there is something beyond death – but don’t know what it is, and aren’t sure that it exists. Some think we hang around as some kind of ghost, or are reincarnated as another person or animal.
Me? I think there is something extraordinary beyond death. Why do I think this? Many reasons – but the most important is that someone who has been there told me so. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life, the one who believes in me will live, even though they die”. He put his money where his mouth was by dying – and then returning from the dead. – the only one with the power over death.
Let’s remember all those we love who are no longer with us. Let us also ask ourselves if we are ready for what is next when our time comes.