Monday, June 26, 2006

Death Comes in 3's

Why is it that "death comes in three's"? For so long I've heard the saying repeated, especially when celebrities or people in the public eye die. I've watched in disbelief and amazement as this saying always plays itself out -- yet it's always been from a distant place -- people I know of but truly don't know.

These past 2 weeks in a row brought death to our doorstep... Coli's 17 year old brother and my 58 year old uncle. Now, we've received news that we knew was coming, but didn't know when to expect. Jason's family removed all life support from his father this evening after a very short battle with cancer and now he's waiting for the phone call from the hospital that will bring the news of his father's death.

This will make the 3rd straight week that death has brought grief to this home and proves the saying that... DEATH COMES IN 3'S.

Interesting scriptures and commentary I found on death -- thought provoking...

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. ~Ecclesiastes 7:2

In the former we find occasion for serious and deeply edifying thoughts and reflections; from the latter we seldom return with one profitable thought or one solid impression.

Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. ~Ecclesiastes 7:3

The reason is immediately given; for by the sorrow of his demeanor - the grief of the heart that shows itself in the demeanor - the heart is made better.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning... ~Ecclesiastes 7:4

The wise man prefers the occassions from which he can derive spiritual gain.

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