Today we buried my Uncle. He lived a long and enduring life. Thankfully, in the end he didn’t suffer long for this world.
On occasion I over process and I’m sure I’ve done this now too. But where did the term “Rest In Peace” come from?? According to the general consensus it came from the Latin term “Requiescat in Pace” which means “may he rest in peace”. From what I’ve read it has some significance to a bible scripture.
Isaiah 57:2 NIV – Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
I had no idea that this is a term that originated from the bible. (I wonder how many other people don’t know this?)
I really struggled with my Uncle dying, more that what I thought I would. I think, it was because, I knew he still had his wits about him. What I mean by that is his body failed before his mind. He knew he was dying and he even gave the hospital staff a DNR. He made a conscious choice not to live with oxygen and any other assistance to keep his body working. He was ready to leave this world and move on.
To know that we have been promised peace in our death is quit comforting to me. I understand that not everyone shares my belief in the bible and what it says. I know there are many beliefs among many different religions regarding how we will spend our after life. For myself though, I do believe there’s a promise of a new Earth – Heaven on Earth. Full of hope and peace and a new spectacular life ever-after.
Not only is this the logic that I was raised in but it actually makes sense to me to have hope that when I die I’m not just done. I have a soul that will spend eternity in a beautiful world where there is nothing but peace and tranquility. Otherwise, what is the purpose of this life? Yes, I do believe we have a purpose while we’re here on Earth, but, I don’t believe it’s our main goal. Living just to die – surely, there’s more to this life than that? I like Revelation 21, it gives a great description of what I and other Christians can look forward to.
I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone by this. It’s just my personal thoughts on the after-life. You don’t have to agree, but, I hope I gave you something to chew on!!~Bam