More Than Bread Devotional for 4/4/11

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Yesterday in Sunday school we had a discussion about grief and death based on the story of Lazarus.  It always strikes me when I read that story that Jesus wept, even though He surely knew that Lazarus was just moments from walking out of that grave; He wept.  I think we can learn something about grieving with hope from that picture.  Knowing that we will see our loved ones again and be reunited doesn’t lessen the pain or the sadness and certainly doesn’t keep us from crying at the loss and separation.  Crying doesn’t mean you have given up hope; it means you loved the person deeply and the (even temporary) separation is hard.  But we take heart in the knowledge that though sorrow may last for the night, His joy comes in the morning.  The day of reunion is coming.  Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thes. 4:18)


About jeofurry

Husband, father, pastor, musician and who knows what else. Just living to love the Lord will all my heart, soul and might.
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