I had a cat, her name was Itty Bitty Pretty Kitty. Bitty for short.
She was the first furry creature I owned, I loved her for 14 years, I had her before I had a son and husband. She and I had been thru lots of times together, good and bad. She slept with me every night and begrudgingly shared me with my son. By the time she died, she was blind in one eye, lots of tumors in her body and decided my son would be the victim of all her hurts and frustrations. She peed in his room. A lot. Can’t really blame her, she couldn’t talk and she was trying to tell me she was sick. I was devastated when I had to put her to sleep. I kept her close to me during her final week, talked to her, told her I loved her and I was only doing this to make her feel better.
I think she understood and was OK with it. Then I took her to the vet. I went alone. We were alone together when I found her and we were alone together when she left me. The vet was wonderful and I found out that day Dr. was a Christian, we talked about where animals might go when they die and we agreed we hoped they would be with us in heaven. After the vet gave Bitty the shot, Dr. asked me if I wanted to stay and talk to her. But I thought that odd, because now that she was dead, what would I talk to, a body, a shell, a case?
Whether or not she had a soul, ‘she’ was no longer there. I told Dr., no, I had told her everything I needed to already. When I left the office I was still doing pretty good, then I tried to call my hubby, he didn’t answer, so my pastor was the one to get the unfortunate duty of listening to me wail and cry about Bitty. He was very gracious and prayed for me and calmed me down. I miss her everyday.
1990-2004 Bitty Kitty
Ok, so I have rattled on about that, but what made me think of that, was
1 Thess 4:13-18
13Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.
What happens to believers when they die? I have never had a close family member or close beloved one die since I have started my Christian sojourn. My gramma died, but we weren’t that close. I’m not quite sure if she had a ‘personal relationship’ with Christ.
A wonderful man from church died, I knew He loved His Lord and I know I will see him again. So, I am sad, and sad for his wife who is left here on earth, I’m happy to know where he is and that his wife and I will see him again. But I’m sure a lot of people think the same as me, where do they go? Where do their souls go? Are they immediately ushered into God’s presence?
When do they stand at the right of God with Christ? Do they sleep until Christ comes back? How will the bodies be resurrected? Will a burned body be resurrected? (we plan on cremation) My Precepts leader made a statement last week that gave me a chill. She told her mom (they were standing at her sons grave, I think) ”this place right here is where the Lord will resurrect him”
I know there is scripture references for all this, does any one wants to lay it down for me in plainspeak?