This day brings back a flood of bittersweet memories - bitter because of the pain of loss and sweet because of the precious times and words we shared with our departed loved ones. Now, who can say you can ever get used to pain and sorrow? There’s no shame in shedding tears. On the contrary, it is absolutely essential that we let out our emotions, for it is a necessary part of the healing process. Three years ago, today, I had no idea how I would face the future or if the pain would subside. There’s tremendous comfort in the promise of eternal life for those who believe. Without faith in Jesus Christ, I don’t know what hope or comfort I would find and whence it would come. Apart from Him, nothing makes sense and there is neither meaning nor purpose. But from the Saviour we draw strength and peace such as the world cannot supply or yet comprehend.
Those who are acquainted with farming understand that not all seed cast into the ground will germinate and not all seed that germinates will yield a bountiful harvest. The fundamental difference is whether the seed is viable or not (all factors held constant). So it shall be on resurrection morning. What is sown to the Spirit shall redound to an eternal harvest and what is sown to the flesh shall suffer eternal loss. Moreover, the ‘good seed’ shall regenerate, grow and reach harvest all at once, by the power of the Immortal God (who is not limited by natural law). Therefore I say to all who share this hope, “weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” When that glorious and blessed day comes, we shall forget all our sorrows “when this mortal shall put on immortality.”
Death is therefore not the end, but rather a transition or shedding of the corruptible shell (which is our earthly body) and a transformation into the celestial and incorruptible vessel we are to inherit. It shall not be much longer now.
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