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Ancestry – only one counts

Well…looked through the obituaries to see if my name was there.  It wasn’t.  Must still be in the world of the dying.  May as well write my blog.

One obit recorded the ancestry of a classical-looking lady who didn’t have her age listed.  An accomplished pianist, she had been active in numerous musical societies.  She also had descent from Scottish noblemen, Mayflower passengers and a former President’s wife.

The same page included the obituary of a man.  He had been an engineer and finance director in notable firms before retiring in 2000.  In his retirement he devoted himself to his Catholic faith.  San Diego U-T, 2/4/16

These are but illustrations of what people find important.  They prove nothing about the deceased’s destiny.

The one relevant point in all obituaries is the interest they reveal about their life-purpose.  If we take time to join this or that organization because it attracts our interest, shouldn’t we have church membership somewhere as DEATH catches our attention?  True, church membership won’t guarantee our salvation; it can indicate our INTEREST in what comes after death.  True, much of what we believe essential to the after-life may be stripped from us at death because God didn’t plant in his word what we believe.  Still, it’s better to at least enter the next life having a desire to obey and serve God’s cause while we lived.  The words of Jesus remain as impressive now as the day he said them, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Matthew 16:26.  The only ancestry that counts after death is to have the Living God as our Father and his Eternal Son as our Brother/Savior/Lord.

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