WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.”
My brother died last Lord’s Day, shortly before midnight. Our heavenly Father had done much in the last six months to bring him to this final moment. We, as the family, had been a part of His providence. We all experienced His mercy and grace. Thus He ended the 80 years, and 3 months that He had planned for my brother.
We look no further on this earth for him, but to heaven where he has gone “to be with the Lord,”—the place that He has prepared for His children.
Have I grieved? Are my brother’s wife and children still grieving? Yes. We can only pray that our Father will bring us through this grief, in His timing—to the joy that is ours in Christ.
At the creation God, our Father, prepared a day that we should leave our grieving, and remember Him, who created us for His glory. The Sabbath is the day that we are to remember all that He has done for us in our creation, and redemption. He set aside, blessed, and hallowed the day that would be a prelude to eternity.
In His timing, He sent His Son; and through His 33 years brought Him through the suffering, and sacrificial death that delivered us from this earthly bondage of sin and misery.
We remember His death for us in the Lord’s Supper. We celebrate each Lord’s Day as our day of resurrection with Him.
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.
IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS:
FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS CONCERNING YOU.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Dear heavenly Father, this day—one day out of seven— you prepared for us to be with you. Enable us to look beyond the circumstances of the last week, TO YOU. By your Holy Spirit, work in us, to remember WHO YOU ARE, SO THAT WE REMEMBER WHOSE WE ARE. You have promised always to be with us, never to leave us, nor forsake us. You have given your Son, Jesus Christ, that we may have eternal life with you. Let us rejoice in Him with exceeding joy. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.