What happens when we die?
Numerous ideas of what happens when we die float around the world today. I can only say what I believe and why. I can only speak for what happens to people who trust their lives to God and the risen Jesus and try to live a life of love for God and neighbors.
My oldest daughter “died” on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at about 7:30 p.m., Pacific Time Zone, just days before her sixtieth St. Valentine’s Day Birthday. When they learned, neighbors came to the house crying with tears and stories of her kindnesses, calling her the “Angel of the Neighborhood,” and saying, “She is not dead! She Lives!”
Three days later on Sunday morning, February 12, 2017, I felt a touch on my hand during the dark hours of the early morning. I struggled to come awake to the shape hovering over me, thinking it was my youngest daughter trying to awaken me as she had several days ago, now awake…no, she was not there; but then I heard a strong voice, like my oldest daughter’s voice, say to me, “Look at the clock.” I turned over and rose on my elbow to look over my husband’s shoulder at the clock. The luminous dial shined 3:33, I turned back to the voice and the dark shape I had barely seen, but the “presence” I had felt and seen was gone. I pondered what this means…it must have been Mary, but why at this time? I turned again and looked at the clock…3:35. I snuggled back down in bed and slept.
Yes, with Mary’s neighbors, I believe she lives.
It was a memorable day with headlines in the morning paper about North Korea setting off another missile into the sea near its neighbors. That’s not nice, North Korea.
You can learn more about what I believe and why from my e-book, At Eden’s Gate: Whole Health and Well-Being.
If you want to know more about what happens when we die, read the Gospel of St. John, particularly 5:24. Those who hear Jesus’ words and believe God the Father sent him have eternal life; they do not come into judgment, but have passed from death to life.