There have been a lot of deaths recently around me relationally as well as geographically. Some have been expected, most have not. Within the past 4 days, there have been two 19 year-old men who have passed away. Both seemed untimely. One death of one of the men was a result of a car accident who the family are members of the church I go to. I did not know him, but I learned that he was a fantastic example of the love of Christ. The family is resting in that, but of course they are grieved. The other was a man who was involved in a swimming accident in the metropolitan area. He was about to jump off of a rock into the water and he slipped and hit his head and passed away.
Another death, even closer was that of Lovely’s grandfather. While his death was expected (due to old age) his passing was sudden. He knew more about the bible than I do yet he would never go to a church. He was not the kindest of people, but he always took the time to talk to me.
All of these men are missed. So how can we comfort those who are hurting? The best way is probably to remember our origins. We were created from the dust of the ground for the sole purpose of bringing glory to God. We who believe in the work of Christ on the cross and have a relationship with God, though we will return to dust, there is something greater that happens. This comfort comes in the following verses:
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable,
it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness,
it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a
natural body, there is also a spiritual body. – 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NIV)
Just know that those who have passed away but are followers of Christ, they have a response in their death. Be comforted, God is with us.
Until next time…
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