Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
One of the greatest gifts of our life in Christ is the joy and comfort we have as we ponder death, especially as we remember those who have died already. Let us top up our coffees and reflect upon this hope and encouragement…
Readings for November 3: All Saints’ Day
Revelation 7:2-17; Psalm 149; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12
…and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
This coming Sunday we will be commemorating All Saints’ Day, the day that we remember those, especially our loved ones, who have died with the assurance of eternal life that only Christ our Saviour can give us and instill in our hearts. We remember their earthly trials, their burdens, their sufferings, but we also remember their joyful hope, their patience in affliction, their faithful prayers and their thankfulness to God’s faithfulness.
Oh yes, I enjoy All Saints’ Day. In particular, on this day I especially remember and give thanks for my dad, my mom, my brother, and my sister. I remember their earthly journeys. I also reflect upon their impact on my life and my faith in Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. They all had their joys and their trials. All of them struggled. All of them were sinful. However, all of them lived their last earthly days with saving faith in their hearts as they faced their final breath, and I am assured that they are rejoicing in the presence of God and the Lamb. They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:15-17
Although I still miss them deeply even after all these years, I can take great comfort in knowing that they are in the glory of our God where there is no more pain or sin. They are in such a wondrous place that the minds of humans cannot comprehend its beauty. I also know that, because of Christ, one day I will be reunited with them. I will be standing alongside them, singing the praises of our Lord in his glorious presence. What a glorious thought. What a glorious assurance.
May you too take time to remember those you know and love who have passed on in the faith. Give thanks for them and the life eternal they have in Christ; the life eternal that you too will enjoy one day. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank-you for all those in my life that have died in the faith. They were for me teachers and mentors, encouragers and examples of quiet endurance. I especially pray for ________________________. Also, thank-you for your Word and these glimpses of heaven and life eternal for all those who pass on in the saving faith of Jesus. Give me comfort and assurance as I continue to endure the trials of this earthly life. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!