Hi friends! How was your week and weekend? I pray all went well and that you have found peace and joy and thanksgiving in the blessings from God.
We had a very saddened week, as a friend and fellow band member was faced with the sudden death of his young adult son. We are grief stricken at his son’s passing and are at a loss of words for our dear friend and his family.
I do not believe it matters the age of a child. Whether the child is still born, toddler, teenager, young adult or even older, the depth of pain a parent feels at the loss of their child is immeasurable.
The dreadful event of this past week got me reflecting on my own children and family, and all loved ones. We never know when our time will come. Will I go before my children? Who knows? All I know is that, for each one of us, it will happen.
The thought of being faced with the passing of a loved one, especially one of my children or grandchild, kept taking me back to the hope that one day I would see him/her again. Not that the pain and grief would be lessened at the loss, but there in the midst there can be hope of being reunited. In the midst of the world falling apart around you, there is hope of being reunited with my child. What else could I cling to? Nothing, absolutely nothing else would be comforting.
When faced with such desperate ache to be reunited, there is no place for fluff or doubt or maybes. I want to be assured of such a reunion, and from all my studies and searching, there is only one assurance that I have ever heard of where heaven and life eternal is assured; where it is not dependent on anything I do or have done or have not done. It is simply trust. A trust that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
I trust that in Christ’s sacrifice I will inherit heaven, and that in our freewill, anything goes society, that my children also trust that Christ has paid the price for their sins and they too have heaven as their eternal home. I remember saying to my children, “Never lose Jesus. Poppa (and Grandma and now Aunt Carol) wants to see you again. I will want to see you again!” (I’m sure they have no recollection of this as they would have been young when I first said it.) Only in this assurance, can there be hope and peace in the midst of complete grief and soul wrenching despair. It is in these moments where the only energy we have, if any, are to say the words just as Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)
Life has a way of having us put things off, as if death is a long way away. I’m sure that is what our dear friend thought before he and his family received the news of their son, this past week. Or my parents thought before the policeman came to the door to say my brother of 21 years of age had been killed in a car crash on the way home from work. Or the young parents thought before they received the news from the doctor that their young child has not made it. Don’t let life allow you to push it off anymore! Share your love for Jesus with your family, and trust God to do the rest by working in their hearts and minds. He wants them with him even more than you do. We just need to have those beautiful feet that we talked about last week.
God bless you and yours this week, dear friends!
Prayer: Dear Lord, please be with all those families that are grieving the loss of a loved one. Especially grant peace to those who have had a child or grandchild pass from this life. Help them to know your path and purpose for them in this world, and to experience your peace that surpasses all understanding. Give me the words and opportunities to share with my loved ones what your gift of salvation means to me and how I so desire to be in your presence with them for eternity. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!
Plea of Action: So, my plea for my family and for you, is to cling to his promise of salvation and share it with your loved ones. Talk to your children about God’s love for them and the reunion that is theirs in Christ when they depart from this world, and your desire to be with them for eternity, so that those left behind can cling to the hope of a reunion.