2nd May 2013

Bereavement

“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 (KJV)
 

Bereavement is to have something taken away from us, usually by death. The Bible tells us there is, “a time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). 

Jesus grieved when his cousin, John the Baptist, was murdered (Matthew 14:13), and he wept for his friend Lazarus (John 11). 

At some time or another we all lose a member of our family, a close friend or a colleague at work.  We read in 1 Corinthians 15:19-20, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” Jesus has, “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4). 

Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:26 NLT).  Death has been swallowed up in victory as it says in 1 Corinthians 15:54.  And in verse 57 (NLT), “…thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 Bereavement is often the hardest battle anyone can face. But God tells us that the day is coming when he will wipe away every tear (Revelation 7:17), and there will be no more crying or pain, for the old order of things had passed away (Revelation 21:4). God speed that day!

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for the comfort you give us through your Word that even when we suffer from the death of a loved one we know you understand and are there with us.
Amen
 

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 jillnewmanAbout the Author:
Jill Newman is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

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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