Thursday, August 02, 2012

When Someone We Love Passes On*

When someone we love passes on, we grieve because we miss them.  Their absence from this earth places a huge hole in our hearts. However, as Christian believers we don't grieve as those who have no hope.  God's promises comfort us - even when we are devastated.

 Jesus came to fulfill what couldn't be done by anyone else. Because of his sacrificial death on the cross for our sins, we have a bridge from sinful man back to Holy God.

Physical death isn't the end.  It is the beginning of a new kind of life in eternity.

Jesus told us in God's Word, the Bible:

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

He also told us:

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we can have the assurance of eternal life through God's provision of mercy and grace via the cross at Calvary. Christ's resurrection to life proves that He is who He said he is, the Son of God, Lord and Savior of mankind.

~ Christine


The Mansion of Heaven

This world, however beautiful,
was never meant to be
The place that we would call our home
for all eternity.

And though we would not choose to leave,
a loving God knows best,
And in His time,
He lifts us to a place of peace and rest.
For He has built a mansion
where His children will abide,
Free from pain and sorrow,
forever at His side.

He said He'd never leave us
to face our trials alone,
And though sometimes we fail Him,
He never fails His own.

And even when our choices
are less than He would ask,
He knows when human courage
is unequal to the task.

We cannot judge what happens,
though tears and questions start--
We only see what's visible--
God sees into the heart...

And though there may be many things
that we cannot explain,
We can be sure it breaks His heart
to see His children's pain.

In loving arms,
He bears us to a quiet place apart
Were He mends the wounded spirit
and heals the broken heart.

And though these ones we love so much
And passed into a better world
of majesty and light,
Someday we'll be together
in our Father's home above,
Where we'll thank Him for His mercy
and praise Him for His love.

* For Veronica

1 comment:

Susan Smith said...

Christine said, the Messiah’s “resurrection to life proves that He is who He said he is, the Son of God, Lord and Savior of mankind.”

Beautiful words Christine and I loved your using one woman named Martha and one man named Thomas!

Your words are being purified and transformed more and more by the ONE God we worship… the Holy ONE of ISRAEL! Love to you and all your readers… ~ ss