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Speaking of hints of autumn and fall in the air and all around our Sandwich Generation home, check out this sunflower from the not-so-great Sunflower House this year! It's dead! Or is it? Inside it's dead body are seeds that feed birds and squirrels. And when planted next year, new life will spring from it. What a lovely reminder for all of us, particularly those of us caring for elderly parents who may soon be going home to heaven, that for Christians, death is not an end. Just like with the sunflower, it's the beginning of a whole new life!
When this happens — when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die — then at last the Scriptures will come true: "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 NLT
Talk about sweetly encouraging and comforting Bible verses. Especially since we grandparents also know that it's not just aging parents this can apply to. Many of us, through the years, have dealt with the loss of a husband, a child or a grandchild as well. What sweet joy to know that they are waiting for us safely in heaven!
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P.S. Two more great resources, full of comforting Bible verses and words of wisdom about heaven, are Heaven and 50 Days of Heaven: Reflections That Bring Eternity to Light by Randy Alcorn. According to Crosswalk.com, Randy Alcorn's "passion for learning about Heaven began when he read the descriptions in Revelation over and over to his dying mother," and the fruit of that are two wonderful books for families dealing with grief and loss.