6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7 And he will swallow up on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” – Isaiah 25:6-9
I got word Tuesday morning that a dear friend of mine, a fellow brother in Christ and a warrior for the faith had fallen in battle. No, not on the fields of physical warfare in some foreign land. This was a spiritual battle that claimed the highest toll. I spent much of the day alternating between tears and disbelief. There are all the questions that come in times of grief and loss, especially a loss such as this. As ministers, we are not immune to the stress of life and the pressures of ministry can often add a dimension that few are aware of unless they experience it firsthand. Yet, there are still the promises of God and His Word. I found this promise appropriate to where I am today. Death will be done away with someday. Jesus Christ has proved that this is true by His own resurrection from the dead. The tears will be wiped away someday, just not today, at least not yet anyway. But we wait for Him and the day we can rejoice with no tears to dim the celebration. Please pray for my fallen brother-in-arms and for his family during this time of sorrow.