Losing loved ones is painful. The psychic pain can at times be quite severe and unwelcome. This is especially so of loved ones we lose in death, but it is also true of loved ones we lose by many miles between us. The ever present temptation is denial. “We’ll be back together again”, etc. Maybe. Maybe not. But denial does not help in any separation. We do better to face the realistic facts from the start. We may never see each other again in this life. Present pain over a separation is a constant reminder of how good our togetherness was while it lasted. It endears is to each other even in separation. It keeps us aware of the finiteness and limitations of our earthly existence. And it keeps alive the one realistic and sure hope our confidence of seeing our loved one(s) again when we are all together with them in our new heavenly home, where “goodby” and “so long ” and “later” have been dropped from our vocabulary.
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Shaw Pastor
Death is very hard for all of us because we will miss our loved ones. But we know we have a hope in Christ and what His word says.
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
We love and miss you to sweet sister may our Lord bless you and your family.
Yours family in Christ at Calvary Chapel.