Is Dying Final – The Hope Ever After

One of the most difficult circumstances to face in life is the death of a friend, family member, pet, anyone or anything that holds a specail place in our heart. Is dying final, is it the end, is our existence here on Earth all there really is? Is there hope for a life after we perish from this world? 

Because of our mortal existence we must all face the reality that the time of our cherished friends and family is finite, there will be an end at least from this earthly world. Having recently attended the funeral for the father of a very good friend of mine, it was never more apparent the heartache associated with losing someone so close to you. 

What are we to do, knowing that we are going to lose the people we love? Hope that we go first? Keep from getting to close to anyone? Live like there is no tomorrow? I believe the answer is not as simple as answering “YES” to any of those questions.

The Sting of Dying

Whether we like it our not we are all going to perish. We have a finite amount of time here on Earth to live. During that time we are going to suffer the unbearable hurt that coincides with losing a loved one. Unlike some things that get easier the more we do them, grieving a loved one is not one of those. 

With the passing of a loved one, the greatest hurt comes from the knowledge that we will no longer see them. We can’t interact with them, converse with them or spend time with them. Death is so harsh and so final.

Depending upon your beliefs, there can be some comfort in the passing of a loved one. If there was a particularly difficult and painful illness that preceeded the passing, we often exclaim “They are in a better place now, there will be no more pain”. If you don’t believe in anything beyond our world, the finality of death must be excruciatingly harsh. 

What Death Means to You

What do you believe? Is death the final chapter in our entire existence or is it the beginning of  the next chapter? Once we have taken our last breath here on Earth, what happens next? Does anyone really know for sure?

I think there are people from all different facets of beliefs. Some believe in nothing, our existence is simple, we are born, we live, we die and for approximately 70 years we experience what this life has to offer. At another branch of the sepctrum are the people who believe we are reincarnated, once this chapter is over, the page turns and suddenly we are someone or something else. I personally believe that in death we are blessed, our earthly existence may have ceased but our faith brings us to the eternal life we are meant to spend in the house of our Lord.

Your beliefs are just that your beliefs and it is not for me or anyone else to judge. 

In Death There Can Be Peace

If we knew for certain exactly what was going to happen to us and how our life would unfold would it be as exciting? If we knew every detail would we strive to be the best we could be or would we coast along? Chances are if we knew the outcome in advance we would not seek to excel, continue to better ourselves and live for a higher purpose. 

Faith by definition is “the complete trust or confidence in someone or something”. How can faith bring us peace in death? By having an undying faith in God, giving your life to him, living for him you are giving yourself hope and peace. There is a calmness and inner peace that comes with knowing no matter what everything is going to be alright. God will always love you and provide you with everything that you NEED, not always what we WANT but always what we need.  

This same faith will comfort us when we are broken, it will lift us up when we are down and console us when we are grieving. The understanding that our loved one has left our earthly world for a place in the house of the Lord helps to mend our broken heart. Knowing that there is no more suffering, no more pain, no more illness for the sick and downtrodden provides some much needed comfort when we say our last goodbyes. It is in this faith that we find PEACE when life hurts the most. Death still hurts the ones that are left behind, there is no cure for that finality. There is however comfort in knowing that we will meet again some day. We will meet in the house of our Lord, a house that our loved ones before us have gone to help prepare.   

A Few Verses to Share

Isaiah 43:2 – “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”

Romans 8:18 – The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.”

Joshua 1:9 – “Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous.”

Isaiah 41:10 – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Psalm 62:1-2 – “My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation.”

The Ever After

Our time will come, we will all perish from this Earth, our humanly form will cease to exist. Where we go next is up to us. For me the choice is easy, I believe that I will be reunited with all of friends and family that have passed before me. I will share this joy in the house of the Lord and it is with this FAITH that I am able to be at peace here on Earth. Knowing that there is a place for me in eternity creates a calm that can not be stirred by even the finality of death.

Roku Streaming Media Player – Cutting the Cord

Roku Streaming Media Player – Cutting the Cord

Product:           Roku Streaming Media Player

Price Range:   $ 33.75 – 97.00 (Amazon)

Models:            Roku Express+ ($ 33.75), Roku Streaming Stick+($ 68.97), Roku Ultra ($ 97.00)

My Rating:      4.5 out of 5

Product Overview:

For some time I have been contemplating cutting the cord or getting rid of the exorbitant cost of cable and satellite TV. With the enticing introductory pricing, the large cable conglomerates lure you in and keep you caught in their “only game in town” marketplace. With the advent of streaming media players, the cable television industry is rapidly becoming a dying industry as more and more people switch their television viewing practices. Devices such as the Roku family of streaming media players make it simple and cost effective to leave behind the shackles of your cable television relationship.

Cable vs. Streaming

For far too long in most areas of the country, particularly rural areas, cable or satellite television has been the only option. We have been programmed to believe that in order to watch the channels that we want we have to buy into a “PACKAGE”. A “PACKAGE” that gives us more channels that we don’t want to watch than the channels we do. As there has never been an option, it was a love/hate relationship that perpetuated. One of the large media congolomerates would offer an introductory rate or package to try and lure you away from their competitor. Unfortunately the end game was all the same, after the introductory rate expired, your package rate would increase and continue to increase regularly. Once they had you subsrcibed to their package, you could no longer get the sweet introductory rates they were advertising to new customers unless you wanted to constantly switch back and forth.

With the advent of streaming services, more and more a la carte tv options were popping up. You were no longer required to subsribe to a bundled package just to watch the channels you liked. You can pick and choose exactly what you want to watch and when you want to watch it. Roku has managed to provide a medium that allows you to search, explore and find all of your viewing pleasures in one place. There is no monthly fee necessary, however you can subsribe to some reasonably priced services from individual providers if you want to further customize your viewing experience. Streaming offers you unlimited choices, channels, apps that you can fully customize to your preference.

Roku – Flexible and Easy to Use

Roku devices are ready to go out of the box. They are simple to set up, easy to navigate and infiinte in the channels and programs that you want to view. There are literally hundreds of content specific channels that you can browse through. Peppered with free trials, you can test drive channels at no initial cost, if you like it you can subscribe. Personally there are so many free options that we have elected not to subscribe to anything other than Netflix, which we have been subscribed to for some time now.

With so many options, it can be overwhelming but there is so much help out there, you can google anything and help is immediately on its way. Google will return numerous articles, videos and how-tos helping you make the most of your new streaming experience. Roku as well has a wealth of information available on its website and on your tv to further help you maximize your experience.

      Roku – Roku support

Channels – Roku Channels

Change the Channel

Thousands of dollars later and many months, maybe even years of reluctancy we thankfully made the switch. We turned in our cable cord and haven’t looked back. Streaming television has never been simpler and the open competition is constantly providing new opportunities and selections to maximize your viewing choices while minimizing the impact on your wallet.