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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell


    Recently, while perusing the magazine stand, I saw a striking picture of John F. Kennedy, Jr, on the cover of one the magazines. Leafing through the magazine, I read about his burial at sea. “We all come from the sea,” his father, the 35th president, Navy veteran, and avid sailor said in 1963. “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.”

    “That the sea would factor in so largely in his death is rather ironic,” said Wendy Northcross, vice chair of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. “And his remains will ultimately remain with the sea.”

    I hated to disagree... Our origin comes from a much higher and majestic source than the sea. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by a creator who knows us personally and will be with us through every twist and turn of life, and death. (See Psalm 139) In the end, not even the sea itself, in all of its mystical glory, will shield us from our day of accountability with the Lord. John the apostle reminds us that one day it can be said: “The sea gave up the dead people who were in it, and death and its kingdom also gave up their dead. Then everyone was judged by what they had done.” (Revelation 20:13)

    We all come from God:

You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below, but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do. (Psalm 139:13-16 CEV>

    We will all ultimately stand before God:

And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without {reference to} sin, to those who eagerly await Him. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

    Our life is all about acknowledging God and his love for us and importance in our lives. Rather than getting captured by our fascination of the wonders and majesty of creation, let’s center our focus on the Creator, who knows us and loves us and calls us to himself!

God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all he has made. (Romans 1:20)
      Copyright (c) 2001, Timely Truths Ministries. Used by permission.
      Title: ""
      Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
      Publication Date: September 28, 2001


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