Today is my husband's birthday. From the time I woke up this morning, he has been at the forefront of my mind, and I've been wondering if he is looking down at all of us who miss him and are sending him birthday wishes.
And then the thought creeps in; where is he? I feel him with me, but is that just wishful thinking? What if there is nothing beyond death?
So I turned to the Bible for some guidance, knowing that the answers to my questions are often found in the passage I turn to. And today, the one that I immediately saw was from the book of Wisdom. "For God formed us to be imperishable; the image of His own nature he made us." Wis 2:21.
Imperishable. If that is so, why do we die?
The answer that came was that we do indeed die, but the word "perish" means something else entirely. To perish would mean that every bit of us would cease to exist. Our body, an earthly dwelling for our spirit and soul, is not meant to last. It is a vessel used to teach our true selves what we need to know; to advance our understanding and wisdom.
It is the spirit and soul that are imperishable; nothing can possibly cause them to disappear. They are an infinite extention of God, and therefore will always be.
So I now begin my day, still very very sad that my husband isn't here for me to hug and kiss and wish a happy birthday. But I am also reassured that the most important part of him lives on, loving and watching over me and all of his loved ones.
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Sweetheart. I love you.