Being a child of the late 60's, 70's, and 80's, I was stunned when just a couple of days ago, Ed McMahon died, then yesterday Farrah Fawcett AND Michael Jackson. Three big names from my era. Ed McMahon was older and it just seemed more normal to hear of his passing. But Farrah and Michael...well, they were cases that seemed "before their time"...they were younger, not quite in that age group of "oh! It was their time to go."
Why when people die, do all the commentators and surrounding friends/groupies say things like "she's in a better place now" or "the angels just got a great one" or "he's with God"? The behaviors and lifestyles of these three didn't show any fruit of being Christ followers. They showed the "I did it my way" and "I lived life on my own terms" kinds of lifestyles...and with some of them, it ended up being what killed them.
When I die, I am truly going to be in the best place ever! I am going to have the best days of my whole life! I will be serving Jesus in a place of perfect joy, peace, where there is no tears or sadness, (I also hope that there is lots of sleeping, since that is part of my idea of a place of perfect peace--sleep!), but whatever it is, I am going to be perfectly happy with being there and my role in it! I wish I could say the same for the three recently deceased.