On Death and Dying

August 27, 2004



[Weeping Angel, from http://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/nikolas.lloyd/photography/otherphoto/angel.html]Elisabeth Kubler-Ross died earlier this week.

This morning while driving the kids to school, Erin said, “Daddy?”
“What?” I replied.
“When we die and go to heaven, does that make God happy?”

(I was about to give an answer, but thought better of it and decided to give a question instead. You see, I am learning.)

I said, “What do you think, Erin?”
“I think being in heaven makes God happy. But I don’t know about dying.”
“What did Jesus do before raising Lazarus from the dead?” I asked.
“Umm…” the kids pondered.
“What’s the shortest verse in the Bible? What did Jesus do?”
“Umm…”
“He cried. Right before raising his friend from the dead, he cried. So I think death is always hard and sad.”

(for Rich, and Chris, and all who have lost loved ones recently)



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to On Death and Dying

  1. Great thinking from you AND the kids. But the best part was the picture – perfect for the subject! BTW, did you get Kaz’s email?
    Bless you!

  2. I read that book in college I think. Also the book Necessary Losses. Waaaa, I wish people didn’t have to die. Yes I think it does make God sad. And good thing we go to a better place. Amen!
    Andrea, if you read this come check out MY blog. Helen