Beginnings can be a mixed bag of pain and pleasure.  The beginning of each of us is no different at the end of the day.  Pain is often associated with the process of birth.  (IF you accomplished it with no pain, you should patent your process and sell it!)  OH, but the reward for enduring that pain makes it all so worthwhile.  

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I vividly remember the birth of my three all those years ago.  The sweet first touch of that precious gift, the wonderful smell of a little tiny baby, the soft downy hair, and the smooth unblemished skin.  The deep joy of holding that tiny baby with little parts which one day will grow to be full sized.  I am so thankful I also spent an extended period with each grand after they were born.  Soaking in those miraculous first few weeks of being in this world.  Each of their mothers endured pain, but the pain was a small price to pay for the promise of the joy to come.

Yes, coming into this world can be a painful process, but the reward is glorious.

Many of us have stood by our loved ones and watched them leave this world.  Some manage to slip painlessly away, but I would venture to say, the majority of us will not.  Death can be a painful process.  One of my oft repeated words of wisdom is 


Death, like birth is a process we all must experience.  One of my grandmothers had a stroke raking the yard ~ WHAT A GIFT!  I would love to go down serving until the very last breath.  We do not (with the rare exception) get to choose how we leave this world.  Many of us will endure some pain in the process of leaving.  We endure the pain and then we are gone.

OH, but for The Believer, there is more to come.  We endure the pain and then our reward is more than glorious.  It is the beginning beyond our wildest dream.  The joy will fill the very depths of us as we gaze upon the face of Jesus.  

Beginnings and Endings are a necessary part of life.  There will be pain associated with our coming and going.  OH, but the joy we can experience as we cross that bridge entering and leaving makes any pain quickly forgotten.  There is such joy present at birth, but for the Believer there is a greater joy of knowing there is more to come~ a Glorious Eternity in the presence of Jesus.

"And now , dear brothers and sisters
we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died
so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.
For since we believe that Jesus has died 
and was raised to life again,
we also believe that when Jesus returns,
God will bring back with Him the believers who have died."
I Thessalonians 4:13-14


  1. What a splendid analogy! After my second reading I realized there's a dear lady (in the process of leaving) with whom I want to share this.

  2. This has prompted conversation about endings, Myra. I am thinking through another post on preparing to end. There are so many opinions on this, and of course, I have one.
    Blessings, My Friend!

  3. Arrivals and departures . . . And for us, as Christians, there is great joy on both ends of the spectrum. Wonderful thoughts, Lulu!

    1. Yes, Martha and I am certain the recent loss of your mother makes this even more poignant!


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