August 25, 2020 Death and Life - Laura Harris
Updated: Sep 9, 2020
Whenever someone who I know passes, my heart sinks. See I don’t want them to be in pain while they are on earth but I also selfishly want them near. Why do I feel this way? Especially when- I know, that I know - that I know that we serve a risen Savior!
I did not want my Grandmother to go, many times in the past she had soldiered through pain, illness and surgeries. This time was different. Doctors told us that she was not long for this place, that there was nothing they could do. I prayed so hard and for so long asking for healing, for those tending to my Grandmother to have God’s wisdom because surely this was another battle that she would win. But, there came a time when my prayer changed from please heal her the way I wanted her to be healed to I know you will heal her and help me to be able to keep going even if your healing plan is in Heaven this time. Thy will be done.
This time in fact was God calling her home to her room with Him.
As we planned services, gathering with family and friends, and traveled back to Maryland for the Memorial, God kept putting a song in my path. Jeremy Camp “There Will Be a Day”. God’s word, His people, and this song kept reminding me it was okay to love so deeply and dream of being with my(Our) Savior. It was okay to grieve the physical presence of my Grandma but to know she will always be with me in my heart and some of my actions. :)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:16-17
Romans 8:28. "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
Revelations 21:4. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."
I bring all this up because many of us have loved ones that have passed this year. Some of our loved ones are fighting the good fight and we ask God to heal them. Just remember God may choose to answer your healing prayer by calling them home.
We must continue the race until our completion when we too can be called good and faithful servant. Oh, to hear that from our Heavenly Father will be amazing. Until that day I remember the Good News and pour myself over scripture with thanksgiving.
Lord, I am thankful that…
You tell us- “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” John 11:25
Thank you, Lord that we are not alone! You walk with us and have provided us with a church family that loves us.
Please continue to love and guide us through these uncharted waters. Thank you for life and death in You, Lord. In Jesus Name we pray.