5th July 2017

Dying To See You

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.’”
John 11:25 (NIV)

I must confess that the past twelve months have been tough, first losing the love of my life and now recently a dearly loved friend. At a time of loss, it is so difficult to know what to say to the one suffering. Even with the very best of intentions, it is all too easy to fall into using clichés or platitudes. William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” Comfort may possibly be found in recalling happier times, often, however, a listening ear or offering a shoulder to cry on is best – we need guidance from God’s Holy Spirit to lead us on such occasions.

The comfort God gives Christians is the most effective – His words and promises are sure. In Mathew 5 Jesus first blesses the poor in spirit. Bereavement certainly grieves a person’s spirit. This is His first blessing, quickly followed by a blessing on those who mourn. God knows what it is to mourn – He understands the loss of a loved one.

The Apostle Paul tenaciously held on to God’s promises of life after death. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:21-23).

As Christians, we need not fear death—it is the springboard to eternal life with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 1 John 2:25 says “And this is what he promised us—eternal life.”

I wrote to a friend recently saying I was ‘dying to see her.’ She is alive and well and I hope to meet her shortly, but it did remind me that likewise I will see all my loved ones again, including those who died this past year in God’s time. What a wonderful time of unlimited joy that will be.

Prayer
Thank you, my great Triune God, for your promise of eternal life to your faithful children –we will wait to see your majesty and rejoice with our loved ones in your divine grace and mercy.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford,
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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