DEALING WITH LOSS
I was recently asked to participate in a funeral service for Gene’s (my good husband) aunt. I would like to share in this column what God shared with me. I pray if there is someone out there reading this that is dealing with the loss of a loved one or perhaps looking for an answer to their own dilemma of life and death it will give you comfort and hope!
A new baby arriving in the world is wonderful. People are joyous with the birth of a baby. Boy or girl makes no difference. It is the miracle of life. It is the miracle of creation.
However, while there is life on this earth as we know it there is always going to be death to deal with. It is hard. It hurts. But it only hurts those that are left behind because there is a kingdom home for all eternity where there is a place prepared for us.
In JOHN 14 Jesus tells us—Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God: TRUST ALSO IN ME. In my Father’s house are many rooms: if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 CORINTHIANS 15:51-55
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep (die), but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in Victory.” Where o death is your victory? Where o death is your sting?
We will be changed in the twinkling of an eye! In a flash! I love that! We will be imperishable! We will be immortal! We will be with Jesus!
Our Father knows we will miss those we love and care about. He created us with love in our hearts and emotions in our souls. He knows we will mourn. But He also wants us to know there is something better, much better, beyond what we have here in this life.
When people leave us to be with Jesus we will mourn but we need to remember THEY ARE WHERE WE WANT TO BE! There is no sting in death for those that are gone. For them there is only victory.