I Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptible and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
It’s been a rough few weeks. We lost 3 close friends to cancer in about a 3 month span, one August 23, one shortly thereafter, a Pastor/friend in Texas; and another friend in the Lord just this morning. Our church youth lost one friend a couple weeks ago, who would have been 17 tomorrow; and the husband, of one their leaders/teachers, yesterday.
The young folk are taking it very hard and of course are wondering “why”. The older ones, recognize that life comes to an end, because that is the course of this mortal life. Whether by accident, sickness or old age, we are finite in our ‘mortal’ bodies. This too will pass away.
The importance of an eternal faith becomes more real in the course of living and dying in Christ. Those who have no relationship with their maker have no peace; those who do, know great peace. Some even look forward to the day with great anticipation, being set free from the bonds of this earth and it’s responsibilities. We look forward to the day when we see Jesus face to face. That day, we will see our friends and family who have gone before us in the faith. I believe my dear friends Carol and Julie are praying for us now, as they speak face to face in paradise. Carol prayed for Julie many times and vice versa. They are at rest, their bodies no longer wracked with pain; they are in the presence of Jesus.
We who are left behind are grateful that they are out of their misery, we now suffer the loss, but only for awhile. They can’t be replaced, but don’t need to be. They are still a part of us. All the prayers and time invested in each others lives is never replaced, but grows as God’s grace fills our life with His will, if we will follow Him. Jesus is our Savior, and He has sent The Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us through this life and particularly through these hard lonely days, while we adjust to the absence of our family and friends.
Psalms 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him!