Yesterday I was doing my daily Bible study while also pedaling on my mini exercise bike. (Multitasking may be taking hits in the press, but it's still the best way for this busy Sandwich Generation granny nanny to get almost everything done each day 🙂 ).
As I pedaled away, I read Psalm 49,and was especially blessed by verses 12 and 15 (NIV):
Man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish…But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to Himself.
This reminded me of Jesus' words in John 11:25-26a,
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.
As hard as it is to deal with the loss of loved ones, in this fallen world it will happen. Just like this lovely tree, that was so vibrant and alive in summer and is now "dying" as we head towards winter, we all will die. Some much younger, some much older, but unless we are Enoch, Elijah, or here for the rapture, we know that we will die. BUT just as I know that come spring, this tree, which seems almost dead, will spring to glorious new life, so too when we get to heaven, we will burst into bloom as well! And the same is true when one of our beloveds goes into the blessed arms of the Lord. We have the comforting joy that we will, someday, be reunited.
I am continually comforted and encouraged over Paul's proclamation,
"Death is swallowed up in victory. 'O death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting.'"…but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
During this Thanksgiving week, I am especially thankful for all of these comforting and encouraging Bible verses! I am grateful to God to KNOW that someday I will be reunited with so many beloveds including my husband, my father, and two very young but beloved babies.
Then we can sing together with all our beloved and with each other glorious praise and worship songs like this lovely music written by Kari Jobe, The Revelation Song, which is sung so powerfully by Phillips Craig and Dean on their album, Fearless.
Every time I hear or sing that song in church I get goose bumps. Or as one pastor I heard put it, "joy bumps." Even coming more quietly from my computer, it is so beautiful. It always feels like a taste of the joy that is to come and reminds me of Revelation 21:4,
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Such an uplifting Scripture which leaves you feeling so comforted no matter what trial you may be going through here on earth. I pray you were blessed by it and by all these wonderfully encouraging and comforting Bible verses. Have a blessed week. And for more sweet encouragement…
P.S. One of my favorite resources for myself and my loved ones when we've walked through the valley of the shadow of death has been Griefshare.org. They have written one of the grief and loss books that I recommend, Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy. If you'd like to find out more about it, just click here.