What a touching and poignant song this is. David Gates wrote it after his father died but, as he said in one interview, it's for anybody who's ever lost anybody precious to them.
Listen to the song here.
There's no getting around death. It's waiting for us all. Worse yet, we never know when our lives will end. Even so, those of us who have placed our trust in Christ's payment of our sins on the cross look forward to being resurrected and to live with him in the new heavens and earth.
Whoever wrote the book of Hebrews mentioned that Death is the cut-off point for the grace of Christ. Hebrews 9:27-28 (BBE) states, "And because by God's law death comes to men once, and after that they are judged; So Christ, having at his first coming taken on himself the sins of men, will be seen a second time, without sin, by those who are waiting for him, for their salvation"
Jesus also spoke about the final judgement in John 5:29 (KJV) that dead people will rise out of their graves, "And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." Damnation means eternity in hell.
By the way, this doesn't mean two separate resurrections, as some folks claim, but one with two outcomes. My hope is that all my friends will receive the resurrection to life eternal.
So, what do you think of this song and what I wrote? Please sound off in the comment box below.
On Monday, I plan on posting about how some folks think we need no creeds to live by. There are good reasons for having creedal statements of faith.