I would hope that most of us reading this feel blessed to be part of a Christian fellowship. Of course, it is our prayer that we will continue to be a blessing to each other until the day the Lord returns victoriously on the clouds, or alternatively, calls us into His eternal presence some other way.
Sometimes being part of a Christian fellowship means that we need to have ‘awkward’ discussions before we pass into glory. A Pastor was once asked two questions concerning death. First, how many years can we reasonably expect the Lord to give us? He answered by quoting Psalm 90:10, “The length of our days is seventy years or eighty if we have the strength…” Second, what happens if we don’t get to seventy? After some thought, the Pastor replied, “If you are a Christian, early promotion.”
The reality is that unless the Lord returns quickly, the Lord will use various means to call us home, perhaps an accident or sickness or just heart failure that eventually comes with old age. Having said that, did you know some of the best thanksgiving services are held when people have planned their departure to glory before it occurs? So, may I encourage you to give that some thought. Here are some suggestions that you may wish to consider: