When I sit in my recliner during the night I hear many birds and also the waterfall that is just down the cliff from my front yard. I can often hear church singing coming up from the plateau below. But tonight I hear the DEATH WAIL. Yes, I hear lots of wailing at the hospital. That means someone has died, someone who is from around here to have enough friends or acquaintances to mourn them. Tonight it must be an adult as not that many voices would be wailing for the death of a child. Perhaps it was someone from this village. The death just took place (or hasn't quite happened) as I didn't hear wailing until about five minutes ago. It must not be a Pastor or his wife or someone well known to our local church as there are no church bells ringing. Tonight's death must have been unexpected as the wailing goes on and on. People often wail to show that "they haven't caused the death". The wailing tonight is as if this person or his family had no HOPE.
Bible Verses which give me HOPE in an afterlife.
John 11:25 - Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 5:24 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Luke 23:43 - And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Hebrews 9:27 - And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1. I have HOPE in Christ, HOPE in an afterlife with HIM.
2. I just finished 36 years of working at a Christian hospital in Africa.
3. My last living Uncle and Aunt (Dad's brother and sister) are 90 years old and 82 years old and both are in the hospital right now, one in PA and one in MN. I may never see either one of them again on this earth but they too have HOPE so I WILL see them again one day!
P.S. They wailing stopped for now. Perhaps the the family found a truck to transport their loved one's body back to their village or else they moved the body to the morgue which is a bit further away from where I live. There is a mortuary about an hour and a half from here where they can do embalming but that is not always done here.
By the way, the windows in my house have screens and shutters but no glass, the reason I can hear what is going on outside so well.