No matter which culture we belong to, the universal response to the loss of something precious is grief. It’s the process we go through to come to terms with the change in our lives. In this passage Paul calls us not to grieve as they who have no hope. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have a significant emotional response to our loss but rather that, in this situation, we have a peace that we will be gathered together with the believers who have already passed away and that together we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, despite our great sadness there is hope for our future because of Jesus death and resurrection. Praise God!
Dear Lord, we praise you and thank you that you desired for us to be made righteous so that we are able to spend eternity in your presence. That you made a way for this to happen through your very great sacrifice and we look forward to your return. Amen
Written by Jocelyn Petschack