From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk
This morning I read the news that Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip passed away. In 2016 this icon of Canadian music was diagnosed with cancer finally succumbing to its ravaging effects just yesterday. Now I have to admit that I have never really been a  Tragically Hip fan, but one thing I do know is that they have been a well loved group for more than just their music. They have been fiercely Canadian, strikingly common and well loved by all who know them. And yet, with all that, their lead singer has died and this is very sad.
As I reflect on this I cannot help but wonder where Gord stood in relation to his creator - I have no idea. But I do know that so many people, well liked and very popular, die without any hope for the next life. This is of course the reality for all in this world, who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. But it seems, at least in my mind, to take on greater significance when it is someone who has tasted fame and fortune. Someone who “has it all”, in the things of this world. 
But as Jesus points out, "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36).
 
Of all the questions of life that should occupy our thinking, one that stands above the rest is, “am I ready for what comes next”? Jesus also said, in John 17:3, "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”. Do you know him in this way. the “only true God”? It would do us well, as we grieve at the loss of someone, to consider our own souls and whether or not we are right with our Creator.