She passed away.
He was killed.
Before Moses died, God told him, “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. There on the mountain you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people.” Deut. 32: 48-49.
I like that. It makes great sense when someone is a believer. Moses was not going to die. After taking his last breath on earth, the next moment he would be in heaven – with his people. His Father was in heaven. And his Savior was in heaven.
This makes me ask the question – where are my people?
God has blessed me by giving me a family with a very long lineage of Christ-followers. Many generations of my people are in heaven. My son who was a Phoenix Police Officer killed in the line of duty is already in heaven. I recently published a book on Amazon, “Then I Looked Up: Losing a Child, Finding His Legacy of Love.” which tells the story of his death and my painful yet hopeful journey since then.
The people I identify with here on earth are also Christ-followers. These are my people. They will be with me when I am gathered to my Father – when I am gathered to my people.
I’m thinking about starting to use this phrase with believers instead of ‘died’ or ‘passed away’. Some people wouldn’t get it but that’s ok – some people don’t get a lot of things.
How about you? Are your people in heaven? Is your Savior in Heaven? If so, then he has prepared a place for you.
Will you be with me when all believers are gathered to our Father in Heaven?
I hope and pray that you will.
On the day you have already determined, I will be there, Abba Father.