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"Endings Are Also Beginnings " by - - Rev. Weldon Bares

I recently read Mitch Albom’s book entitled, “The Five People You Meet In Heaven.”

This book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 95 weeks, selling over 10 million copies.

I enjoy a book that makes me think. This one certainly did. It reminded me that our life here impacts other people.

If you toss a stone into the lake or river, it creates ripples. Ripples that keep on going. That is also true in our lives. Our lives create ripples that reach out to other people, even to eternity.

His book is not one of deep theology, but it does point to the truth of life continuing beyond the grave. I love the statement from his book that affirms, “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time . . .”

This is one of the great truths of the Christian faith. The Nicene Creed from the year 325 AD affirms: “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.” The Apostles’ Creed proclaims, “I believe in the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

Jesus of Nazareth profoundly said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. And whosoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25)

I am thankful to Mr. Albom for helping so many to remember that our lives affect other lives; to remember that this life is not all there is. There is life on the other side of the grave.

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