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As I was reading Wait Until Then to my grandkids today, I was reminded that it's just as important to teach our Sandwich Generation families about death as it is to teach them about life. So as I read Gramps' suggestion to his grandson to be sure and pass on stories he'd learned about Jesus, even after Gramps was in heaven with Jesus, I stopped and told my grandkids basically the same thing. That whether I, or others in their lives, were here or not, be sure to share the wonderful message of Jesus and His love with others in their lives.
I'm not sure if they really "got it" but later I was greatly encouraged as Pastor Focht reminded us that God gave the same directions more than once to the Israelites – and in the Bible, because repetition is so vital to the learning process. Isn't that the truth! So I'll keep reminding them to pass on what they've learned, along with reminding them of the joy that comes to those who follow Paul's words, "if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Talk about GOOD NEWS! Especially for those of us who are caring for aging parents who may be heading home to heaven sooner than we might like.
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Such wonderfully encouraging and comforting Bible verses. I certainly cling to them. How about you? For more encouragement from the Word of God, be sure to visit Word-Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions. And…