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Grief’s Hope

A couple of Sundays ago, my paster spoke on eternal life. With passion. And how, for believers in Jesus, our place in Heaven is assured.

That afternoon I walked out to Bill’s gravesite…and was, for the first time, a day late for what would have been our anniversary had he lived.

Did I feel quilty? No. At one time I would have, but my guilt and regrets have faded long ago.

Early on, I would have assumed Bill would feel sad I wasn’t there on time, but he’s far beyond this, in the very presence of God, while we, with our finite minds, “see in a mirror dimly…” (I Corinthians 13:12).

There is no sorrow in Heaven. Our loved one sees the broader picture.

As I stood at the gravesite, I recalled the morning’s church service had ended with the song, I will Rise, by Chris Tomlin*. The chorus really spoke to me:

And I will rise

When He calls my name,

No more sorrow, no more pain.

I will rise on eagles wings

Before my God fall on my knees and rise.

I will rise.

What a thought! Not only our loved one, but someday, you and I rising from the grave at the call of our name.

My pastor’s had one final thing to say: “This isn’t all there is.”

*Copyright 2008 Sixsteps Music

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