Again, it’s very early, before the birds start singing or the sun comes up, but the birds will sing and the sun will rise. One of my favorite songs is by David Baroni, “Faithful God”. He sings, ‘there has never been a night without a dawn’. God is faithful dear ones.
When friends or family leave this creation for the hope that is set before them in Christ, a home with Jesus for eternity, we who remain are at times in ‘shock’. Often we have had time to prepare and say our goodbyes, but sometimes not. The ‘sometimes not’ takes us by surprise. In the matter of 2 days, we have lost one friend to cancer, one to a stroke and another a heart that finally stopped pumping. Only one of those was expected, the other two carry shock and sorrow for which we actually were prepared. Our faith and hope in Christ gives us a perspective that the world does not have.
We talk about it, we talk through it, we pray for the family and friends, attend a celebration of their life here on earth, saddened by our loss, but rejoice with them in reaching their highest aim, to see Jesus face to face at last.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. Verse 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
We pray for our hurting friends who have lost their spouses and know that we and they will recover from the ‘shock’, and ‘roll’ on in faithful service to the Lord. Knowing also that in the not too distant future we shall be with them and see our Savior face to face to rejoice for eternity. The joy is still there, just clouded by our momentary sorrow. Today our heart breaks, but we have the ‘healer of broken hearts’ in residence.
2 Corinthians 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.