Lost Loved Ones

Friday, November 11, 2016

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die- ever. Do you believe this?'" (John 11:25-26)

The above verse was part of a conversation that took place when Martha’s brother (Lazarus) died. Jesus was comforting Martha and explaining the difference between physical and spiritual life of believers. 

Eventually, Jesus called out to the Lord and raised Lazarus from the dead with a single command. I believe that through this example, God has laid out a perfect image of what it’s like to die in our bodies, and be risen again spiritually in heaven.

It’s understandably very difficult when we lose a loved one. Our lives are overwhelmed with grief, loneliness, regrets, and questions when we are surrounded by the frightening fact of death. But it’s important to know that if someone truly has Jesus in their heart, they are only moving on to a better place. 

Know that they’re not really gone, they’ve just left their earthly body to celebrate their new life in heaven. They are in the BEST hands now that they’ve passed, and they will never experience pain again!

Death is an inevitably part of our journey. We wouldn’t be able to meet our heavenly Father without that crucial step of life. It’s hard for us down here to comprehend, but we shouldn’t drown in sorrow at their absence. Instead we should rejoice that they’ve been reunited with the Lord and prepare ourselves for the day that we will do the same!

I like to think that my loved ones are watching over me. That gives me incentive to live my life as if I’m trying to make them and Jesus proud. I miss them very much, but I have to remind myself that it’s selfish to want them back in such a cruel, suffering world. I know that I will see them again one day, and what a marvelous reunion that will be.

God, help me to understand why it’s okay to move on after I lose a friend or family member. I know that everyone who believes in you will have eternal life, but I struggle with remembering that when I’m grieving. Please help me to let you heal my heart when I’m dealing with a loss and know that you are taking excellent care of my loved one. Encourage me to learn from the experience and grow in my faith. Thank you for saving us Lord and preparing a home for us. Amen.

Are you grieving the loss of someone?
Do you fully understand that they’re not gone if they believe in Jesus?
Dive yourself into his comforting word when your heart is hurting. Let the Lord speak to you through it.

Written by: Katy Carpenter

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