Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well! In the midst of the newness of the year, our family has been faced with the death of a little one. It makes a person think. It makes a person question. I hope you don’t mind but I am sharing some inner, heartfelt thoughts and reasonings as I think on my grieving family and our precious grandson. So let’s top up our coffees and share in our time together… (Thank-you for being an ear to hear, an eye to see my groans.)
Readings for Feb 2, 2020; Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – The Presentation of Our Lord
1 Samuel 1:21-28; Psalm 84; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-32 (33-40)
Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations. (Luke 2:29-31)
At the time of writing this week’s devotion, our family is grieving the pre-mature still born birth of our tiny grandson. It’s in times like these where there are no human words that can comfort the family, especially the grieving parents. It’s in times like these that we ask “why?” It’s in times like these when the rubber hits the road with regards to our faith. It’s in times like these when we question why do we believe what we believe?
Sure, to follow Christ may make us better humans while we walk through our earthly days, but many religions do that. In fact, most religious or spiritual sects speak of good moral virtues. Unfortunately, these virtues and moral laws do nothing for us during these times of death and grief. They give no hope. They give no assurance. The ultimate purpose of Christ’s coming was not to show us how to be nice people while we live out our days so that when we die, people can have nice memories of us, and its only these memories that are meant to live on. No! By no means!
Christ came precisely to conquer death; to reunite humankind with God for eternity. It is because of our ultimate earthly death that our faith in all that Christ accomplished on our behalf springs into action. It is precisely for mine, yours, my children’s, my precious grandchildren’s, and all people’s earthly deaths that Christ came to overcome so that a full and glorious life eternal could be ours; each and every one of us reunited with God and one another for eternity. Therefore, it is in death that the fluff, and the laws, the niceties, the rituals and the judgements are stripped away and we face the fullness of what our life in Christ means. Our faith in Christ is a faith that blossoms into life at death. There are no questions. There is no fluff. There is no uncertainty. There is no hopelessness.
Yes, we grieve for the death of our grandson, for the death of our loved ones. But we do not grieve like those who have no hope. In our grief may we not look at today as if it’s all we have, but be thankful for its blessings as we await the day God calls us home to live eternally with all those who have passed on in the assurance of all that Christ has accomplished for us. We have certain hope in the day when we are reunited with our God and our loved ones. As we keep our eyes focused on Christ our Saviour, we too can say with Simeon, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations.” (Luke 2:29-31)
Prayer: Dear Lord, please grant our grieving hearts peace in knowing that in Christ our precious loved ones are in your glorious presence. Please keep us in your steadfast love and help us to hold fast to the assurance of all that Christ has accomplished on our behalf. In Jesus’ saving name I pray. AMEN!