1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
On Friday night, my cousin (in-law) died. She had battled cancer off and on for quite some time. She fought. She lived. She loved. But in my eyes, she gained her heavenly home way too early. Her son had just gotten married. Her younger son is just starting to spread his wings and fly. There was still a lot of life to live, in my eyes.
But God saw things differently. He had prepared her a while ago to take the last step. She knew it was coming. However, that never makes things any easier.
Paul said that to be absent from this life is to be present with the Lord. And that’s where she is right now – with Jesus and all of her loved ones gone before her.
I’m not sure how someone deals with death without Jesus. I know in my own life when death has reared its’ ugly head, I go running to my Savior. I can’t face anything, let alone saying goodbye, without Him.
I’m sad that I won’t get to make it to her services. I would love to be there for the family. But since I can’t, this is my way of loving on them.
So, you know who you are – I love you. I know I wasn’t able to be there a lot but my memories of her are so very sweet. And be comforted in knowing that we will see her again. She knew Jesus and she lived for Him. Now, she lives with Him. What a privilege that is! My prayer is that you find peace and comfort in the One and Only.