From the original Swedish Text:
Livet som det är värt att leva
Jag tror att målet vårt liv är att i praktiken omsätta det vad vi tror på.
From my column in Österbottens tidning
onsdag/wednesday 21st Mars/March 2012
An article from my weekly newspaper column in our daily finnish, swedish language newspaper.
En artikel från min tidnings kolumn i vårt dagliga Finländsk, Svenska språket tidningen.
It is not a word that we like to hear or that we even say very often is it? Death is defined as: The cessation of all vital functions of the body including the heartbeat, brain activity (including the brain stem), and breathing.
Over the decades I have often thought to write about the subject of death, but it is not always an easy for most of us to talk about… Out of all the uncertainties in this life, one thing is certain, we are all going to die.
Therefore it is what we do with our lives, today, that matters. To live, until the time comes for us to depart from this life and go on to our eternal reward. I have experienced the death of many of my family and friends, in many ways, during my lifetime… Suicide, accidents, natural deaths, etc… But none of them have been easy to deal with, especially when it involves those are are precious and dear to us.
I was married to a wonderful German lady whose name was Jean-Béatrice in 1982. We were married for 15 years and she was too young, it seemed, being only in her 30′s to die. Same with my precious mother. She was only 39 years of age. But it is is written that: it is appointed to man once to die… We really have no say in the matter.
There have been so many “Homegoing” Services I have attended since my youth. (We perfer to call them that, more than using the word: “funeral”)… A Homegoing is the greatest event in our lives. Think of what is waiting us!
One such Homegoing that I will never forget that took place a few years ago, even in it’s sadness for the widow and her family, was that of our beloved Pastor Hemming Kakkonen’s. To use a phrase that many young people use today: It was awesome.
As I saw each of his many friends and colleagues lay flowers around his casket, more and more color began to spring forth around it, in front of the alter at the church. Pastor Hemming was surrounded with so many flowers, that it looked like a rainbow when the final flowers were laid. It was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen.
As each friend gave a brief word before laying the flowers in tribute and respect to him, the flowers became a hugh bouquet, that was a testimony to his life and ministry tp those of us that had the privilege of knowing him here in Karleby and everywhere the Lord took him.
The church was packed, and this likewise testified to the way he lived his life. It was evident that he practiced what he preached and he will never be forgotten by those of us that had the privilege to know and love him. So in the sorrow of him leaving us, at the same time, there was great joy, for him, because he simply passed over the Threshold, to where we are longing to go.
Död, var är då din seger och var är då din makt?…(1 Korinthierbrevet 15:55) The Bible says: “O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” So I simply see death as passing from this life, to the Eternal one. In death, we exhale our last breath here on earth, and instantly, we inhale an everlasting breath, in a place of unexplicable beauty and rest.
I believe that our goal while here is to practice what we believe. To live it out, practically. We need to make our life count for something. And when I say the word: something, I mean something worthwhile. We do not know the day or the hour that death will knock at our door. It is written that: man makes his plans, but it is God that decides how it shall be. One can live for only a day after birth, another can live well past one hundred years of age. But however long we have, we should do our utmost to be a blessing to others in the name of Jesus. Others. That is really what life is all about.
Death. Not such a nice word if we look at the negative side of it’s meaning. . But it is indeed very good news to those of us that realize that death only lasts a split second and in the the next, we are no longer dead, but alive forevermore. We arrive at our final destination point. What a journey! And that my friends, is a trip that I look forward to with joy.
Christian-Charles de Plicque, Evangelist/Missionary
for: Angel House International Missions Ministries Association
Oh the lighter side of things:
Last Will And Testament
A lawyer read the Will of a rich man to the deceased’s family:
“To my loving wife Gunilla, who stood by me in rough times, as well as good, I leave the house and $2 million.”
The lawyer continued .
“To my daughter Lisa, who looked after me in sickness and kept the business going, I leave the yacht, the business and $1 million.”
The lawyer concluded:
“And, to my cousin Mikael, who hated me, argued with me, and thought that I would never mention him in
my will – well you are wrong: Hi Dan!”