Some people tend to look on the bright side of things while others seem to always find the negatives.  
Some never look back, others never look forward.  When I grew up I had a favorite aunt who used to gather
the relatives around the dining room table and tell stories in such a hilarious way that her audience couldn’t
wait for the next meal to hear more.  Sometimes the stories were repeats, in fact, they usually were but she
had such a wonderful way of story-telling that it was always a delight to hear her reminisce.

Smart young people take advantage of opportunities to listen to the elderly talk about the old days while also
sharing their views on life in general.  A lot of wisdom can come from years of experience.  If they have lived
their years well, others will profit from the knowledge they pass on.  Sometimes, though, they just ramble on
about the good old days when times were better, forgetting that the old days weren’t that good,
maybe worse.   

When their final days approach some elderly grow silent and withdraw into themselves.  When it’s time to die
most people know it.  If they have no idea what’s ahead of them, no assurance of Heaven, they’ll just want it
over with and have no choice but to take their chances.  If, on the other hand, they have lived a life walking
with Jesus as their Savior, then regardless of how much knowledge they have of the afterlife they inherently
know that there’s every reason to look forward to an amazing experience ahead.  

Death has its way.  The finality sets in.  It’s regret or triumph.  It’s dread or exhilaration.  Those left behind
who dared to love them will soon be wrapped up in grief.  But for the departed, death is a horizon,
a new beginning, a reward so long awaited, an eternal bliss.  No light will be extinguished for the believer;
the lamp will simply be useless from now on because a new dawn has come for the beloved saint of God.