[adorable little packages tied up in string sent to me by my amazing friend & cousin, Sharon]
"...let me tell you something wonderful,
a mystery I'll probably never fully understand.
We're not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed.
You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet,
and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—
On signal from that trumpet from heaven,
the dead will be up and out of their graves,
beyond the reach of death,
never to die again.
At the same moment
and in the same way,
we'll all be changed.
In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen:
everything perishable taken off the shelves
and replaced by the imperishable,
by the immortal.
Then the saying will come true:
'Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now?'
It was sin that made death so frightening
and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage,
its destructive power.
in a single
stroke of Life,
—sin, guilt, death—
the gift of our Master,
With all this going for us,
my dear, dear friends,
stand your ground.
And don't hold back.
Throw yourselves into the work of the Master,
you do for him
is a waste of time
- I Cor. 15:51-58, The Message