It’s becoming quieter and quieter. On my side of the family, we used to visit my 3rd and 4th Aunt and my paternal Grandma on the 1st day of the Lunar New Year. We’d finish this by 3 pm if we’re lucky. This is continued with visits to Christine’s paternal & maternal Grandmas, and finally finishing off with steamboat dinner at Christine’s mothers home. A visit to my 5th Aunt was reserved for the 3rd day of the Lunar New Year.
This year, however, we only visited my 5th Aunt in JB. My Grandma and 4th Aunt had passed away, and 3rd Aunt is also in declining health. The years to come, will certainly continue to see a gradual decrease in the number of homes we visit, as our elders leave us. As I ponder this, I am reminded of what Steve Jobs once said at 2005 Stanford commencement address “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent,”
I haven’t realized how much this has affected me until this Chinese New Year. I’ve suddenly also began to realize that I am getting older as well, and nothing will change that. It’s a poignant thought.
But, what makes this an exciting journey of expectation is the anticipation of what is to come. If death is all we are to look forward to, then life becomes meaningless. But, we hold close to our hearts the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for us, more than 2000 years ago. Through Christ, we know that there is a far better tomorrow, a far better place that we will eventually arrive at, and that we are but pilgrims on a transient journey through this earth.
In Christ, we no longer look at death as an end but as a conduit to our next stop. Death no longer has its hold on us. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”(1Cor 15:55)