Saturday, January 30, 2010
Endings and Beginnings
This Saturday was an interesting one. I've felt such a range of emotions: happy, sad, weary, glad, thankful, awed.... these are the feelings that a day such as today can inspire. To start the day, Will and I took a trip down the the city of Ozark. A dear friend's brother passed away, and I knew that I wanted to be there to mourn with her. In my mind, this is what friends do. It's a biblical command: "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn..." says Romans 12:15. As we said goodbye to Mike, I sat there and let the sorrow engulf me. Sorrow for his fiance who will never know him as her husband, and sorrow for the family who would miss his presence in their lives. The Lord soon reminded me, however, that for the believer sorrow should have no place in the lives of those we love when they sit at our earthly funeral. It made me so thankful to know that Christ is sufficient.... ultimately and completely sufficient to completely cover all of my sins. The day he drew me to himself and called me by name, I accepted Him as my Savior. Grace, forgiveness, love and salvation through Christ alone: these are the things that matter in life. And when earthly death comes, even though it may sound too idyllic, there should be only joy since we know that those we love have gone to spend eternity with the Heavenly Father who created each of us and knows every hair on our head. For the believer, and ending in this tired world only means the beginning of a new life in glory with the Father. Earthly endings mean eternal beginnings... thanks be to God!
Posted by Mary Frances S. at 10:35 PM
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You are so right! Death is not the end for us as believers. I am so thankful for God's plan of salvation, and for Jesus' willingness to die in my stead. It's hard not to grieve for those we lose, but the truth is, we will be reunited with our loved ones one day. All those who belong to Jesus have a great day coming! I pray that God's peace, which surpasses understanding, would comfort those who mourn for Mike.ReplyDelete