Years ago, when I was still in the work force, our company paid beaucoup bucks for a seminar we all had to take.  It was called, “Integrity Selling.”  I really learned a lot from this seminar.  The Founder, and Author of the book must have known a lot about God, and His precepts, for it was Biblical in many ways.  Take a look at the following, and you’ll see what I mean. -anita


Here are some quotes from the book:




These are Biblical principles that God expects from those that KNOW HIM!  It says in the book of Philippians, “I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me!”

If God has called you to a distant mission field…even if you are afraid to go…GO!  Or, if that mission field is only your neighborhood, (which we are ALL called to harvest,) then have no fear…preach the Gospel!  He said, “GO into all the world and preach the Gospel!”

If you are asked to perform some duty at your church, don’t be afraid to step out in Faith and tackle the task put before you!  God will supply all your needs to accomplish that task!

If you are in need of something…ASK!  God said, “Ask, and it shall be given unto you!…”  That means you should have no fear when you ask God for a miracle.  It overflows into your daily life as well…have no fear or embarrassment to ask your friends, and brothers and sisters from church for help if you need it.  We, the congregation of the local church are called to “help those that are of the household of Faith…”

In Christ, there are NO LIMITS…NO BOUNDARIES….  We are to STRETCHFORTH…BREAKFORTH….  We are to see through eyes of Faith and KNOW  that God will ENLARGE OUR TERRITORY.  If we look through eyes of Faith, we will SEE INCREASE…ALL AROUND US!  Pray for God to RELEASE YOU from all your fears!

Like the old saying goes…”Just Do It!”  My favorite saying is this:


Anita Mondragon 2016


Here’s another one from our own Lee Pierce.  Enjoy!-anita


My recent reading has been in the book of Mark, especially on Jesus’ teaching on servanthood as the path to greatness as defined by God. In Mark 9:36-37, Jesus illustrates His point by taking a child in His arms and telling the disciples that “Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me….”

I guess I’ve always read that verse thinking that children were extra-special to our Lord (and I believe that to be true still). But after researching children and their lot in the first century world of the Bible I came across a number of painful facts.

In a Tabletalk magazine (Ligonier Ministries) study of Mark, it notes that first-century children (and women) “…were among the lowest members of society in both Gentile and Jewish culture…not viewed as having much worth.” All the more remarkable that Jesus would then single out a child and teach His disciples to honor such a child to fulfill His calling for them.

Despite some of the teaching in the Bible as to the worth of a child (See Ps 127:3,4 and Ps 128:3-6 for example), childhood in the ancient world was extremely difficult. In a book called “A History of Children” by A.R. Colon, it was noted that one third of all children in ancient Rome had died by age 10. Most girls were married between the ages of 13 to 17. In his writings, the Roman historian Tacitus (55-120 A.D.) said that a child could be abandoned to suffer death for numerous reasons: “An infant child could be abandoned (termed an expositi) without penalty or social stigma….” Children with disabilities were especially vulnerable. But Christianity and its teachings were not without effect. Colon, in his book, explains, “It wasn’t really until Christianity took hold that things changed for Roman children.” He notes that Christian Roman emperors increased the penalties for abandoning children. And given that society’s propensity of viewing children more as chattel property, often being sold into slavery, the Roman emperors reduced the period for which children could be enslaved to only five years!

In his book, “The Gospel of Luke,” Joel B. Green discusses that children in the 1st century Greco-Roman world were viewed as “not adults.” They might be seen as having some future value to the family when they grew up but “…otherwise they possessed little if any intrinsic value as human beings.”

So Jesus’ teaching here—as so often is the case in many of His teachings on numerous topics—is topsy-turvey to what 1st century society (including the disciples) believed about children. Green notes: Jesus wants the disciples (and us) to understand that “…the greatest honor is extending respectful service to those with no status at all, to the powerless….” Later he says, “…the primary issue is not who receives honor from the rest, but who gives honor to the least.”

In the context of the disciples’ discussion as they debated which one of them was the greatest (Mark 9:34), Jesus turns the whole discussion upside down. And this message still has great relevance in our own country where, according to Green, “Our infant mortality rate is higher than 33 other countries.” The publication date of his book was 1997, but upon my checking The World Factbook published by the U.S. government, as of 2015, our infant mortality rate was 167th out of 224 countries analyzed. So that means that 57 countries have a lower infant mortality rate than the United States (infant mortality defined here as 1 year of age or younger). At some important level, life in the United States now is not much better or safer than life for a child was in the first century. Maybe we haven’t advanced as much as a culture as we sometimes profess that we have.

By:  Lee Pierce


Here is another one of those viral emails we send our friends at work.  This one is really good!  I think you’ll like it! -anita


A little boy is telling his Grandma how “everything” is going wrong.  School, family problems, severe health problems, etc.

Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake.  She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which of course he does.

“Here, have some cooking oil.”

“YUCK!” says the boy.

“How about a couple of raw eggs?”

“GROSS, Grandma!”

“Would you like some flour then?  Or maybe some baking soda?”

“Grandma, those are all yucky!”

To which Grandma replies:  “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves; but when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!  God works the same way.  Many times we wonder why he would let us go through such bad and difficult times.  But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for our good!  We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!”

Remember this:

God is crazy about you.  If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.  If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.  He sends you flowers every Spring and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, He listens.  He can live anywhere in the universe, but He chose YOUR heart.  What about the Christmas gift He sent you in Bethlehem; not to mention that Friday at Calvary.  Face it…HE’S CRAZY ABOUT YOU!

If there’s someone you really care about…send this to them.  Every beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…



Here’s a good one from Lee!  Enjoy!-anita


As I think on Jesus during my prayer times and what it will be like to see Him in person, face-to-face, the essence of the Beatific Vision (the boundless happiness of Heaven), I wonder what He will look like (it doesn’t really matter what He looks like, of course, but I’m child-like sometimes and think of things in very simple terms). As I’ve noted in other postings, there’s reason to believe He will maintain His human likeness in Heaven as He fulfills the role of the 2nd Adam, worthy to be our Savior, a man without blemish.

I’m perplexed as I think of Isaiah 53:2, wherein Jesus is characterized as One who “…has no stately form or majesty…nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him….” This view I contrast in my mind with the one of Jesus cited in Revelation 19:11-16, so filled with a view of a majestic Christ seated on a white horse with many crowns on His head, eyes of fire, and an unknown name “written on Him,” which seems to connote His ineffability.

That then led me to think of Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration with Peter, James & John present as witnesses. Interestingly, also present are Moses and Elijah; Moses the giver of the law and Elijah, the future restorer of all things (see Malachi 4:4-6). Elijah, in Jewish tradition, is invited to the yearly Passover Seder where a cup of wine is left for him (some traditions mention an unoccupied chair is set for Elijah at the Seder table). In that Judaic tradition, Elijah is expected to appear to announce Messiah’s coming and the rebuilding of the Temple). In this appearance in Mark, Jesus is described as being transfigured (Greek metemorphothe), changed into another form, and not just a change in outward appearance (see Romans 12:2 to help get the idea intended here). His garments become radiant and exceptionally white. Some commentators I referred to suggest this was Jesus in His glorified body, the way He will look when He returns visibly in power to establish His kingdom on Earth.

And why does this all occur on “a high mountain” (Mark 9:2)? There seems to be a powerful parallel here. Moses and Elijah both encountered God on His Holy Mountain (see Ex 24:12-18 and 1 Kings 19:8-18). (Note: Sinai and Horeb both are called the mountain of God and are believed by many scholars to be the same mountain.) In the Mark account, Jesus takes the three disciples up onto a high mountain also (possibly Mount Hermon northeast of Caesarea Philippi). During that encounter, Moses and Elijah are present and speaking with Jesus. The Bible says Peter offered to make booths (tents) for Jesus, Moses and Elijah because the disciples were “terrified.” God the Father then speaks commandingly out of a cloud, similar to the occasion of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist, and tells the disciples to “listen to” (obey) Jesus. The disciples then look around and Moses and Elijah are no longer present; only Jesus is left standing there. The implication is quite clear to me: Jesus has superseded the lawgiver (Moses) and the prophet (Elijah); their work here was done and Jesus alone has the authority of Heaven to proceed!

I still find myself wondering what Jesus will look like, what He will say, how He will act. Does He greet each new arriving believer in glory? I honestly can’t wait to meet Him, to praise Him, to hug and thank Him for all He does, and has done, for me and all of us. To worship Him and express my love again and again, eternally. The Bible says that all the tears in Heaven will be wiped away, but, when I see Him, I bet I’ll cry tears of love, joy and wonderment. What else can one do when you finally meet up with God Himself?!!

By:  Lee Pierce


I wrote the following last week when things were pretty rough around here…but now, five days later, I am almost ashamed to blog this, for God has come through, yet again.  How could I ever doubt that He would?  I don’t know…because He ALWAYS comes through!  But, I need to be honest, and this is what I felt one day last week.  Maybe some of you can identify with me. -anita


For the last two days now, a small dove has decided to take her leisure on my patio.  We all know how birds are…skiddish!  When they hear the slightest noise, they take wing and are gone, sometimes too frightened to ever return.

This dove is different.  The first day she was here, I didn’t see her, for she was sitting under the patio table.  The dog needed to go out, so I opened the door, and we both headed outside.  I immediately sat down on the swing but the dog spied the dove under the table.  I was sitting behind her, and the dog walked right up to her; but she just sat there as they looked each other in the eye.  Strange!  He didn’t bark, or try to chase her….  Then she slowly got to her feet, and flew away.  Later in the evening, she was back again.

This morning, my husband went out to water the yard and flowers.  The dog and I went with him.  There she was again!  She stayed there, even with all the commotion, until we finished watering.  Then, she flew away.

My husband soon left for work.  I was in the kitchen and saw her again.  This time, she had sat herself down on the swing in the same spot where I had sat.  The wind was moving the swing back and forth in a rhythmic motion.  First she was standing, then she sat down and closed her eyes.  It was beautiful to behold!  Peaceful!

I tell you all that, to say this:  Things around here have been pretty hectic.  Short paycheck, cars needing to go into the garage for servicing due to unexpected problems, everyday needed items being summarily depleted from food to laundry soap…and payday in the distance, already spoken for.  Anxiety, insomnia, worry…I could go on, but no need…you get the picture!  I even thought about the widow and her son in the Bible as I cracked the last egg for my son and me to eat this morning…although we are FAR from starving!  We, in this country, are used to having excess.  God wants me to KNOW HE will give me my daily bread!

My point is this, it takes a lot for me to get discouraged, but in these last few days, with everything that has come up, I find I’ve almost reached my breaking point.  While alone, I’ve cried out loud to God and told Him, “I just don’t get it!  Everything I do, I do for YOU, Lord!  So…’WHY’ are we going through all of this?  WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME???  WHERE are you?”

Now, in my spirit, I KNOW He’s still here.  He hasn’t gone anywhere.  But, I can’t SEE Him; or even see Him at work in the situation.

So…He sent me this dove, which represents the Holy Spirit in Scripture.  He KNEW I needed to SEE something to remind me of His presence and be comforted!

All I can say is “Thank You Lord!”  David was right when he said, “O my God, I trust in you…Indeed, let no one who waits on you be ashamed.”  Psalms 25:2-3

Oh…and by the way, the dove is back, sitting under the swing, looking at me through the sliding glass door as I write this!  …I think I saw her wink!

By:  Anita Mondragon July 2016


Here’s a special one from my husband, Mike… one of his sermons. It really goes along with Pastor’s message yesterday.   Enjoy!-anita


“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and mountains crumble to the sea.”  Psalms 46:1-2


As life unfolds, all of us at one time or another will face problems, setbacks, and occasional disappointments.  Life gives us sickness, heartbreak, and even the death of our loved ones.  These are all life changing events.  Our response to those things is what defines us and makes us who we are, or who we will become.

When these troubles come, our plans may have to change.  We will face situations that we are totally unprepared for.  So…what do we do?  Where do we turn?  How am I going to make it?  These are just some of the questions we may need to ask ourselves in the midst of the trial and tribulation we are going though.  When the sea of life is rocking us back and forth, and our darkest moments come, where do we turn and how do we find our way amidst the pain, anguish, anger and despair?

In our most painful moments, when we think we cannot endure another breath, we must remember that God’s love is constant and ever-present.  We must never forget that His intent dictates that the setbacks, pain and anguish we are experiencing at this moment, are but stepping-stones on the path to a better place and life!

Please remember that because we are allowed to encounter adversity, God KNOWS that we are able to fully handle and deal with it.  When you are in a place of deep darkness, so dark you are unable to see the truth and light, remember…that does not mean the truth and light are not there with you.  The overcoming begins only when we can reach out in our Faith, to Jesus, who is able and ready to lead us out of the darkness.

Read Psalm 145.  It promises that “The Lord is near to ALL who call on Him, to ALL who call on Him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him.  He hears their cry and saves them.”  Jesus spoke other words of comfort in John 16:33:  “These things have I spoken to you, that in ME you may have peace.  In the world, you WILL have tribulations, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”

As Believers, we have assurance that God is our comfort.  We understand that we are to seek Him in our troubles and lay our burdens on Him who is able to bear them.  We all know, that is easier said, than done; nevertheless, I encourage you to seek Him.  I encourage you to trust Him.  I encourage you to give Him that which seems too heavy for you to bear.  He IS able.  He IS the rock which cannot be shaken.  He IS our fortress and shield.  He IS the healer of the broken-hearted.  He loves you and cares for you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Jesus does not say, “There is no storm…”  But He DOES say, “I am here.  Do not toss…just TRUST!”

By:  Michael Mondragon

July 24 Sermon Notes: “The Big Reveal” by Pastor Danny Leavitt

The Mystery

1 Timothy 3:16T (MSG)

14-16 I hope to visit you soon, but just in case I’m delayed, I’m writing this letter so you’ll know how things ought to go in God’s household, this God-alive church, bastion of truth. This Christian life is a great mystery, far exceeding our understanding, but some things are clear enough:

He appeared in a human body,
was proved right by the invisible Spirit,
was seen by angels.
He was proclaimed among all kinds of peoples,
believed in all over the world,
taken up into heavenly glory.


Colossians 2:2–3

I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


Mark 4:11-12 (MSG)

10-12 When they were off by themselves, those who were close to him, along with the Twelve, asked about the stories. He told them, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom—you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight. These are people—


Whose eyes are open but don’t see a thing,

Whose ears are open but don’t understand a word,

Who avoid making an about-face and getting forgiven.”


1 Corinthians 2:7-10 (MSG)

We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text:


No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,

Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—

What God has arranged for those who love him.

But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.



The Big Reveal


1 John 5:13-15  (MSG)

The Reality, Not the Illusion

13-15 My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.


Ephesians 3:3-6T (MSG)

The Secret Plan of God

3 1-3 This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief.


4-6 As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.


Ephesians 1:9-10 (GNT)

God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ. 10 This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.


Colossians 1:27-29  (MSG)

This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.


Revelation 4 (NLV)

After this, I looked and saw a door standing open in heaven. The first voice I heard was like the loud sound of a horn. It said, “Come up here. I will show you what must happen after these things.”

Giving It All to Him

Here’s some good thoughts from our friend Lee!  Enjoy! -anita


It seems to me that one of the more difficult things most Christians struggle with is witnessing; sharing the gospel. And clearly, witnessing is one of the key things our Lord tasked us with before He left the Earth bodily (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15). I bring this up because witnessing has been a difficult thing for me much of my adult life.

I was recently thinking about that fact and trying to understand the dynamics behind that reluctance. For me, it mostly came down to fear of being ridiculed or fear of offending someone, especially someone who held some power or advantage over me…like a boss or a prospective customer. Who would want to knowingly offend someone who was poised to buy your product, or offend a boss who could fire you? So I was fairly careful for the longest time to not put my Christian faith out there for all to see (to know me, you might never guess that at my core, I’m a pretty shy person and one who works hard to stay visible). Gradually though, particularly in my work of selling software to publishing companies, I was presented opportunities to gently discuss my faith with fellow workers and with some potential customers. On a couple of occasions, God even put me in a place to discuss my faith with the owner of the company I worked for in the latter portion of my career. I found that situation particularly interesting since the owner was nominally Jewish (not practicing). But God gave me a couple of occasions to talk with the owner about my personal faith and about some of the differences between Protestantism and Judaism. I suspect the owner’s interest was more intellectual than spiritual, but who knows what God might end up doing with those discussions.

At any rate, in recent years I’ve gotten a bit more emboldened and much more willing to share my faith and to cite the evidence of God’s work in my life as I see it.

The context for bringing up this whole subject, though, is coming from something I read concerning the fact that we, the body of believers, should expect to suffer in this life, just like our Savior did. And why? Because He said we would. In Mark 8, Jesus explains that He will have to suffer and die and then rebukes Peter for questioning that fact (Mark 8:31-33). Jesus then posits this fact: “…whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save [his life].” “Life” here is the Greek word psyche and refers to the essence of who we are and means more than just our physical self. The other key word here, “loses,” (apollumi) translates as giving over or denying oneself (but can also mean destroy or perish). It’s not completely clear whether Jesus had a physical death in mind here, but verse 38 is the one that always catches me up: Jesus said, “Whoever is ashamed of Me…[I] will also be ashamed of him [when I return].”

When I am afraid to speak of my Lord (witness) to another person, it certainly looks like I’m ashamed of Him. If I trust Him to work through me, and to get me through this life and ultimately home to Him in glory, then to not speak of Him in glorifying and loving terms calls my love and loyalty to my Lord into question. I so want the courage, the faith, the trust in my God to speak boldly of Him to a world that seems increasingly to be annoyed by and uninterested in anything having to do with Christianity. I need to speak up, regardless of any consequences. To quote the editor of Tabletalk magazine, Burk Parsons: “Halfhearted discipleship is anathema to our Savior…Jesus will have all of us, or He will not have us at all.” Given Jesus’ sharp rebuke to Peter—a much more dedicated Christian than I’ll ever be—there is no middle ground. We’re either His or we belong to the world (Mark 8:33).

By:  Lee Pierce


The following is from an email I received in September of 2006, a couple of years before I retired.  It’s beautiful!  I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!-anita


A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.  They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael.  They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war.  He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier.

The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door.

A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.  He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life.  He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly.  He often talked about you, and your love for art.”

The young man held out the package.  “I know this isn’t much.  I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.”

The father opened the package.  It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man.

He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting.

The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears.

He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.

“Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me.  It’s a gift.”

The father hung the portrait over his mantle.

Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later.  There was to be a great auction of his paintings.  Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son.

The auctioneer pounded his gavel.  “We will start the bidding with this picture of the son.  Who will bid for this picture?”

There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, “We want to see the famous paintings.  Skip this one.”

But the auctioneer persisted.  “Will somebody bid for this painting?  Who will start the bidding?  $100, $200?”

Another voice angrily said, “We didn’t come to see this painting.  We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandt’s.  Get on with the real bids!”

But still the auctioneer continued.  “The son!  The son!  Who’ll take the son?”

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room.  It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son.  “I’ll give $10 for the painting.”

Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

“We have $10, who will bid $20?”

“Give it to him for $10.  Let’s see the masters.”

“$10 is the bid, won’t someone bid $20?”

The crowd was becoming angry.  They didn’t want the picture of the son.  They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel.  “Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!”

A man sitting on the second row shouted, “Now let’s get on with the real collection!”

The auctioneer laid down his gavel.  “I’m sorry, the auction is over.”

“What about the other paintings?”

“I am sorry.  When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will.  I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time.  Only the painting of the son would be auctioned.  Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.  The man who took the son gets everything!” -Unknown


God gave His son over 2,000 years ago to die on the cross for our sins.

Much like the auctioneer, His message today is:  “The Son…The Son…Who’ll take The Son?”

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything!

Do whatever you like, but remember that maybe one of the people you might have taken the time to send this to, may be just the person who needs to read this message.

You have a choice to make.


I found the following the other day while in the garage, going through a box of things I’d collected over the years.  This was from a church bulletin. Enjoy!-anita


“The clock of life is wound but once,

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop…

At late or early hour.


To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed.

To lose one’s health is more.

To lose one’s soul is such a loss…

That no man can restore.” -Unknown


More than forty people died while you read this short poem.  Every hour several thousands of people go to meet their Maker.  You could have been among them.  Sooner or later you will be.