There are a few words and phrases that have deeper meaning since walking daily through Christina's dying process. 'Eternal Life' is such a phrase. One of the first times we are introduced to this phrase is John 3:16--"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Spoken by Jesus to a searching Nicodemus.
Eternal life--live forever--never die. Really? Is this just a nice religious sounding phrase or the shocking truth of life with Jesus?
Christina's 'dying' process brought further clarity to my heart on this subject. About 3 1/2 weeks before her last breath on earth, her body was fading. Her eyesight was nearly gone. Her ability to move around was greatly diminished. Her mind could no longer hold together the facts and happenings of a day. But our time together on May 18th was marked by the discussion and recitation of Psalm 23--particularly walking through the valley of the shadow of death and fearing no evil.
Then she asked for more scripture. We read 2 Corinthians 4 and 5. We read John 17. She said she did not want little bits--large amounts of scripture. We discussed both of these passages in depth. Here is the statement that stunned me. "My spirit is waking up. I want to stay up all night and talk about these important things."
If, as some say, we die and return to dust and then are no more, why in the world would a spirit be "waking up"? Christina's spirit was getting larger and larger as her body was declining. Cancer was using up her physical body but God was waking up her spirit. 2 Corinthians 4:16 is one of the verses we discussed. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." I could visibly see her spirit being renewed while her outward body was wasting away. I am so thankful that God gives us visible and tangible pictures to help us understand the truth of His word.
I miss Christina's physical presence, terribly. But I know without a doubt that she is living with Jesus as He promised. I just took a journey through the book of John and took note of how often He talked about eternity and preparing a place for us. It's true. Jesus speaks the truth. He is the truth.
I have walked with others through their 'dying' process and I knew it to be holy ground. It is a place where this physical world meets eternity and we get to peer in with them for just a moment. Christina drew back the curtain that separates this physical world from the eternal realm and made it more real for me than this place we live.
It is my hope to share more of what she saw and heard. It is glorious.