“Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about those who have died. We don’t want you to be sad like other people—those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died, but we also believe that he rose again. So we believe that God will raise to life through Jesus any who have died and bring them together with him when he comes.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 ERV
I added this scripture because it’s what I know to be true, we as Christian’s will experience death and destruction like everyone else on this earth but we cannot put our faith in what we see. Yes, it is true our loved ones, our friends and church members are dying away from this earth. It is very painful to be separated from our loved ones, it’s like a piece of you has died. Death is so final on this side of heaven but there is hope.
According to the word of the Lord, Jesus already made a place for us when we leave this earth.
“Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.”
John 14:1, 3-6 ERV
I can tell you from experience that even knowing all of this, the death of a loved one changes you. I’m not going to say things I don’t mean just for readership because I have to be true to myself. Losing my loved ones have changed me, I often feel lost and alone, like an orphan. I lost both of my parents and my eldest brother and there are days when I just feel so alone.
After saying all that, , there is good news. My bad days don’t last long because I still have my faith. When I am reminded of my loved ones I try to remember the laughter, the joys and the good times because bad times happen to us all but it’s the memory of the good things that allows us to hold on.
I remind myself to be good to people, to be kind, humble, gracious and forgiving. Life is short and we have no promise of time on this side of heaven. Love your people, forgive them.. please
Be encouraged my brothers and sister that even in death, there is good news.
“The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the people who have died and were in Christ will rise first. After that we who are still alive at that time will be gathered up with those who have died. We will be taken up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ERV