May 21, 2021
But 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. 1 Thessalonians 4:13
In the summer of 2009, I attended the memorial service of the son of a friend of mine (and fellow pastor). His son tragically drowned while swimming alone in a lake at a Christian camp. All who attended were asked to wear bright-colored clothes with the understanding that we were celebrating his life.
The principal of his high school preached an inspiring message from the above verse that left an indelible mark on me. While the hope of the resurrection cannot take away all the pain of losing a loved one, it does mitigate the depth of our sorrows and helps us to bring closure to our season of grieving. Our hearts are lightened with the assurance that we are united in Christ in this life and in the life to come.
Father God, help us to keep our sights set on eternity, that the pain of our losses would be mitigated by the hope of the resurrection. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling