Category Archives: death

We Are Earthlings


I cried and cried and cried watching this for 2 days.

and here

I have watched animals being skinned alive, science being tested on them, bull killing, animals used for entertainment,

hides being made into jackets, pigs, cows, birds, sea-life being brutally killed for our dinner plates.

I have watched how we humans dump animal bodies, blood and animal feces into the beautiful ocean.

I have watched how greed, desire, lust and knowledge from humans dictate how we treat animals.

I have never been so saddened, disgusted and heart broken as I am right now. Ever.

Until we, as humans, stop desiring meat, leather and fur the killing of animals will go on.

Until we, as humans, stop desiring entertainment w/animals, the injuring/torture/killing will go on.

In the past couple days I have been watching this horrific video, my thoughts go back to;

If humans were not on this planet, would any animal out-number, over-power, needlessly kill another and disrupt the order of life?

My answer is always comes to no, the animals would live in perfect harmony

And if that is so, humans are what’s wrong with the imbalance of this earth.

What can we do to stop it?

What can one person do?

Where should one even start?

What does the bible say about this? Read the rest of this entry


My Desire…..


Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.

14Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are  a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

I love this Psalm. My desire whenever I read this Psalm is for a clean heart to be created in me by God.

I know He already has, but struggling with my habitual sins that I love to hold and nuture and not lay at His feet, keeps me from feeling clean most of the time.

I assume that is the Holy Spirit working in me to make and keep me aware of the ugly things I still do and to convict me with the desire to give them up to Him. To grant me a willing spirit and give me joy, His joy. ~Verse 12

I want to declare His praise, to everyone, but my sinfulness holds me back. My feeling of ‘I’m not worthy to represent the King’ holds me back.

It’s hard for me not to fall into the mindset of’ I need to sacrifice for Him, to receive His joy, to make it right.

Because One has already sacrificed in my place, One has taken my sin, The One who the Father delights in.

When I die and see God, I want Jesus to be holding my hand, saying “Behold Father, She is Mine”

In Loving Memory…..



A very wonderful lady passed away into the arms of her Lord and Savior this morning.

I will miss her dearly.

She was the matriarch of our little church family. Her and her husband, who died a few years ago from cancer, were kind, gentle, human, faithful and loyal. She was gramma to our dog Anna, having babysat her a few times when we vacationed.

They were like grandparents to me.

I find myself drawn toward older people. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have much of a ‘grandparent-al’ influence in my younger days.

All my grandparents are dead. My mothers grandpa was an abuser, so we were not allowed to be over there unsupervised. I remember a few things about them and their house.

I remember creamy peanut-butter and margarine sandwiches on soft malleable wonder bread.

I remember the box of colored pencils I colored with [I have that box in my side drawer at the computer table]

I remember the secretary desk gramma kept all of her stationary and bills. [I have that desk sitting in my living room]

I also remember the lock grandpa put on the fridge, he didn’t want gramma eating because she had put on weight.

I also remember the planter they had in the house, I always thought that was the coolest thing, I remember being sick one Christmas and laying on the couch by the big bay window, watching the snow coming down.

My dad’s mom was the meanest woman alive and didn’t care too much for me since I was not biologically my dads daughter.

I remember her being cranky on holidays, sitting in her chair waiting to be the last one to open presents.

I remember the huge garden my grandpa tended, at least 1/2 an acre. I remember grandpa ran over my dog and buried her in his garden.

Needless to say, my old people experiences growing up were much to be desired.

But in my church family, I love all the older people, they are so wise and kind.

Dick and Barb, in particular, were my favorite.

They drove a truck together, an interstate semi-truck, and from the stories Barb could drive the truck better than her hubby Dick.

About 5 years ago Barb taught a few of the younger ladies to knit. I was one of those younger ladies. Dick was just starting to get sick and he hung around the house while we were there. Never a mean word came out of their mouths.

They were both so genuine in their faith, so honest in their attempt to deal with Dicks cancer, never shy when talking about the ‘fairness’ of it all. They knew their God was big enough to handle their questions and they also needed to hear from others that their questions were ok and normal. They were.

They came to know the Lord later on in life, after they had grown up and adopted 2 boys.

When Dick was able to be at church, I always kissed his bald head and told him I loved him. He loved me, also.

When he was close to dying and chemo was taking a great toil on him, I would bring him something sweet to eat, he had a hard time keeping food down.

His wife was so strong, she had this unflappable ability to roll with whatever punches God threw her way. Amazing.

I really want to be like her someday. If I can be half the woman Barb was……

At 24 years of age, the doctors gave her 6 months to live with the diagnosis of uterine cancer. They took her uterus, leaving her unable to have children.  They adopted 2 boys, brothers, and loved them fiercely.

On and off thru the years, Barb would have a spot of cancer here and there, on her bladder, breast, she also lost one of her kidneys. The doctors would always get it.

I took her to many trips to the doc to get spots of cancer burned off her bladder.

At the age of 74 she was given the word she needed chemo for her cancer, she had spots on her liver, kidney, bladder and in the abdomen area. She also had a blocked vein in her leg.

The chemo was going to be hard because her one kidney could not process all the drugs well.

She knew God had blessed her with 50 more years than she had thought. She knew she was given the time to be a blessing to others. She knew that every day she had was a gift from God.

She seemed to go downhill quite fast and when hubby and I saw her a week ago Friday, she told me she wanted to go to sleep and not wake up, then in her next breath “whenever the Lord sees fit to take me…”

That was the last time she got out of bed. Yesterday, some of her church family gathered in her makeshift bedroom [hospital bed in living room] we prayed, we cried, we loved on her family.  We kissed her goodbye, we told her we loved her.

My son loved her also. He would invite her to his plays and sports games. She got to see him more than her own grandkids and loved him and in her own way is helping me raise him. He was a brave boy, telling her goodbye.

Yesterday I told Barb “I’m praying for you to get to go home soon”

She said “oh, you are?”

I said “You want to go, right?”

She nodded.

She said “when the good Lord is ready….”

The good Lord was ready and waiting for her with open arms at 6 am this morning.

  21“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ matthew 25

26Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12

20May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13

Musings on……..Unclean Foods and Abel’s Sacrifice


First Question

 Do you think the sacrifice of Abel was received by God {and Cains was not}because

A. Abel’s sacrifice was of animal and blood {Cain’s was was fruit from the ground}


B. Abel’s sacrifice was good because his heart was in the right place {and Cain’s heart was not ‘right’ with God}?

*Scripture below

but wait, there is more ahead, click here

More Important Things in Life?


As we roll into the weekend and I am getting ready to plant my little corner garden, I’m reading this article and thinking, man, there really are more important things in life!!!

As my family members and friends struggling with cancer and life threatening diseases, they are dealing with un-faithful spouses and the consequences of that sin on their family, struggling with mental ‘illnesses’ and financial problems.

With a new diagnosis of thyroid cancer on the horizon, [another family member], my thoughts go all selfish, and I think about now, my chances of cancer are rising, rising to a screamingly high level. And what does this hold for my future and my family?

Last week I read the new Knit1 magazine and they show articles of recycling things to knit and make.

So I got this manic idea to knit, from video cassette tape and orange fabric, a mail box cover. Most knitters have seen the knitted tree ‘socks’ and such out on the streets of major cities. So I’m working on this and get the news of my aunts’ prognosis of her breast cancer and my other aunt possibly having thyroid cancer. These are both my mothers’ sisters.

I look at all this stuff lying around my ‘craft’ room and just tear up. I’m appalled at myself.

What am I doing? Life has to be about more.

Not just doing something for the sake of doing something, for arts sake. But for eternal meaning.

Everything I do should be for …something…..something eternal….something with meaning…something for others…something to help others.

I put everything away in a box, for now.

So, now what do I do?

Sunday, my son and I are going to orientation at the Humane Society, for him this time. He is very excited about volunteering there, altho he probably wouldn’t admit it to just anyone.

We will miss another day of church, what more eternal? What’s more helping others?

My mind is sort of stuck on, what do I do?

With my chief end in mind*, how now do I live?

* Q1: What is the chief end of man?

A1: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

Blessings on your weekend, strive to love the Lord and Glorify Him!

Your Dead Body…….Smoking or Non-Smoking?


So, the topic came up on whether to be cremated or buried.

I’m told we should be buried because it is the church custom and history to do so.

Well, since I hang out here with all you non-church going heretics, I made a mental red flag on that statement and decided to find out more on my own…..

What is biblical?

There is probably a book out there somewhere that puts it all into perspective, but I don’t own it, but I do own a bible.

So there we shall go….

Incidents in the bible of death and burial (not a complete list, I’m sure)

In Joshua, Achan stoled some loot and was stoned and burned.

Jos 7:25 -Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day.” And all Israel stoned them with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.

Amos 2:1 – Thus says the LORD, “For three transgressions of Moab and for four I will not revoke its {punishment,} Because he burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.

2Kings 23:20 – All the priests of the high places who {were} there he slaughtered on the altars and burned human bones on them; then he returned to Jerusalem.

(Remember Saul had killed himself)

1 Samuel 31:12 all the valiant men rose and walked all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and they came to Jabesh and burned them there. 13 They took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

International Standard bible Encyclopedia


kre-ma’-shun (compare saraph, Joshua 7:15, etc., “shall be burnt with fire”; kaio, 1 Corinthians 13:3, “If I give my body to be burned,” etc.):

Cremation, while the customary practice of the ancient Greeks, and not unknown among the Romans, was certainly not the ordinary mode of disposing of the dead among the Hebrews or other oriental peoples. Even among the Greeks, bodies were often buried without being burned (Thuc. i. 134,6; Plato Phaedo 115 E; Plut. Lyc. xxvii). Cicero thought that burial was the more ancient practice, though among the Romans both methods were in use in his day (De leg. ii.22,56). Lucian (De luctu xxi) expressly says that, while the Greeks burned their dead, the Persians buried them (see BURIAL, and compare 2 Samuel 21:12-14). In the case supposed by Amos 6:10, when it is predicted that Yahweh, in abhorrence of “the excellency of Jacob,” shall “deliver up the city,” and, “if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die,” and “a man’s kinsman (ARVm) shall take him up, even he that burneth him,” etc., the suggestion seems to be that of pestilence with accompanying infection, and that this, or the special judgment of Yahweh, is why burning is preferred. When Paul (1 Corinthians 13:3) speaks of giving his body to be burned, he is simply accommodating his language to the customs of Corinth. (But see Plutarch on Zarmanochegas, and C. Beard, The Universal Christ.)

How far religious, or sanitary, or practical reasons were influential in deciding between the different methods, it is impossible to say. That bodies were burned in times of pestilence in the Valley of Hinnom at Jerusalem is without support (see Ezekiel 39:11-16). The “very great burning” at the burial of Asa (2 Chronicles 16:14) is not a case of cremation, but of burning spices and furniture in the king’s honor (compare Jeremiah 34:5). Nor is 1 Kings 13:2 a case in point; it is simply a prophecy of a king who shall take the bones of men previously buried, and the priests of the high places that burn incense in false worship, and cause them to be burned on the defiled altar to further pollute it and render it abominable.

There is in the New Testament no instance of cremation, Jewish, heathen or Christian, and clearly the early Christians followed the Jewish practice of burying the dead (see Tert., Apol., xlii; Minuc. Felix, Octav., xxxix; Aug., De civ. Dei, i.12,13). Indeed, cremation has never been popular among Christians, owing largely, doubtless, to the natural influence of the example of the Jews, the indisputable fact that Christ was buried, the vivid hope of the resurrection and the more or less material views concerning it prevalent here and there at this time or that. While there is nothing anti-Christian in it, and much in sanitary considerations to call for it in an age of science, it is not likely that it will ever become the prevailing practice of Christendom.

George B. Eager

*In Genesis, Judah was going to burn Tamar for getting pregnant.

*In Leviticus, adultery is mentioned with the punishment of burning.

SIDENOTE: In The Law there is detailed info. on how to handle the dead, I’m not going there, but know God and Israelites thought it was icky and unclean.

So, by this small sampling, it looks as if burning was a judgement on people of God or otherwise. And not the common practice of any one race.


On to burial:

Abraham buried Sarah, Moses was buried, Abraham with Sarah and his descendents.

Jeremiah 22:18 Therefore thus says the LORD in regard to Jehoiakim R1037 the son of Josiah, king of Judah, “They will not lament for him: ‘Alas, my brother!’ or, ‘Alas, sister!’ They will not lament for him: ‘Alas for the master!’ or, ‘Alas for his splendor!’ 19 “He will be buried with a donkey’s burial, Dragged off and thrown out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.

A Donkeys burial?

Probable origin of burial….

Genesis 4:10 – He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.

Torrey’s Topical Textbook on burial

This is from International Standard Bible Encyclopdia on burial

This brings us to note two marked contrasts between customs in Israel and among other peoples.

(1) Cremation:

With the Greeks it was customary to cremate the dead (see CREMATION); but there was nothing in Jewish practice exactly corresponding to this. Tacitus (Hist. v.5) expressly says, in noting the contrast with Roman custom, that it was a matter of piety with the Jews “to bury rather than to burn dead bodies.” The burning of the bodies of Saul and his sons by the men of Jabesh-Gilead (1 Samuel 31:11-13) seems to have been rather a case of emergency, than of conformity to any such custom, as the charred bones were buried by the same men under the tamarisk at Jabesh, and later, by David’s order, removed and laid to rest in the sepulcher of Kish (2 Samuel 21:12-14). According to the Mosaic law burning was reserved, either for the living who had been found guilty of unnatural sins (Leviticus 20:4; 21:9), or for those who died under a curse, as in the case of Achan and his family, who after they had been stoned to death were, with all their belongings, burned with fire (Joshua 7:25).

(2) Embalming:

As the burning practiced by the Greeks found no place in Jewish law and custom, so embalming, as practiced by the Egyptians, was unknown in Israel, the cases of Jacob and Joseph being clearly special, and in conformity to Egyptian custom under justifying circumstances. When Jacob died it was Joseph, the Egyptian official, who “commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father” (Genesis 50:2), and it was conventionally the fit thing that when Joseph himself died his body was embalmed and “put in a coffin (sarcophagus) in Egypt” (Genesis 50:26).


Smith Bible Dictionary

Easton’s Bible Dictionary


Greek, Buried

Strong’s Number: 4792 sugkomiðzw
Original Word Word Origin
sugkomiðzw from (4862) and (2865)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Sugkomizo soong-kom-id’-zo
Parts of Speech TDNT
Verb None
to carry or bring together, to collect
to house crops, gather into granaries
to carry with others, help in carrying out, the dead to be buried or burned
(note, Greeks cremate their dead, see above)


Death in Burial and Belief here

Excerpt from here

”Death is still the final barrier and the way we treat our dead reflects on our society and its values. Wakes have long been a traditional way of sending the dead on their last journey and even today this custom is still held in rural areas of Ireland. There death is supposed to be heralded by the wailing of a banshee, a fairy woman. On the lonely Aran Islands each family has its own knitting patterns so that if disaster struck one of the fishing vessels the bodies could be recognised by the pattern of the jumper a drowned fisherman wears.

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland tried to stamp out the wake as being a pagan custom but this was perhaps, mainly because of the drinking that went on all night. Nonetheless there is no doubt that many families derived great comfort from the visits of friends and relatives who were willing to talk about the diseased and what he had meant in their lives. In fact having a wake is a way of celebrating a life.”

(I only note this because of the knitting and the Church ref.)

Burial & Burial Customs: How do the Bible and Religion Present Burial Customs?
From Austin Cline,
Your Guide to Agnosticism / Atheism.

(Please note this article is written from agnostic point of view)

Burial Customs and the Bible:

Proper burial was important in ancient religions, so it’s only natural that they receive attention throughout the Bible. Use of above-ground tombs in caves is prominent and several such tombs can still be found close to Jerusalem. An important story connected to Abraham was his insistence on finding a proper cave in which he could bury his wife, Sarah.

Care of the Body Before Burial:
Egyptians embalmed many of their dead while other Near Eastern cultures often cremated the bodies of the deceased. Zoroastrians left the dead to be consumed by vultures and later collected the bones. Jews, however, rejected all of this and insisted that the body be kept intact for burial, wrapped in linen and anointed with oil. Greeks often placed the dead in coffins, but the Jews only rarely did this, preferring instead to leave a body open on a stone slab.

What Was Secondary Burial?:
One thing which the Jews did share with the Zoroastrians was differential treatment of the body and the bones. A body left on an open stone slab in a tomb or cave will eventually decompose. The bones left over would either be placed in a common burial chamber further back in the cave when a new body is placed on the slab (the likely meaning of phrases like “to sleep with one’s ancestors”), or they would be collected into an ossuary for preservation by the family.

Burial Timing:
It was normal for burial to proceed as quickly as possible in the Near East, given what the heat and sun could do to a body. Jewish custom required that a body be buried the same day or, if it was the sabbath, immediately after the sabbath period was over.

So, to sum it all up.

I don’t a firm biblicial answer to my title question.

My hubby and I talked about cremation, I would like cremation.

But, my reasoning is not grounded in scripture.

I don’t like the idea of being buried in the ground, sorry, just don’t.

I don’t like the idea of so much land being taken up for burying people.

Yes, I realize we are just sojourners in this world, it is not our home, but in turn, we have to be good stewards of what God gave us, which is the earth.

I’m into recycling and reusing also.

When my grandchildren and future generations are born (if the Lord has not come and gathered us up) I would like to see them having a live-able world to grow and thrive in.

Comments? Does anyone have any good books on the subject or additional info?

Blessings on your day, Kristina