As I read through my timeline on Facebook, watch the news or hear stories at work; I am reminded that death has no respect of person and has no appointed time to show up in your family. Baby; death shows up and can cause you to lose sleep, can snatch tears from your eyes, breathes from your lungs, steps from your walk, thoughts from your mind, beats from your heart and can sometimes cause you to think you’re losing your mind but 1 Thessalonians 4:13 says, “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.” Yes, I know it’s hard right now. Momma is gone, you didn’t get to say goodbye to cousin, daddy was just here and now the death angel snuck in overnight, granddaddy seemed to be doing good and no he’s gone, you weren’t ready to let grandmother go; brother died by man’s hands or sister was taken too soon; but be reminded that the bible says to be absent from this body means to be present with the Lord. Can’t you imagine your loved one saying like Colossians 2:5 says, “For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.” You will grieve but take comfort in the fact that your love one is headed to the land of no more! No more pain, no more suffering, no more heartache, no more! Yes, it’s hard and “they” say it gets easier and it will, day by day but until then grieve at your own time. And in the midst of that, I’ll pray with you.
“Father God, I come petitioning your throne for all the grieving families. Lord God, I first thank you for the lives of their loved ones, thank you for the time they had to spend and the memories they will forever have etched in their hearts. Now God, I ask that you give them an extra portion of strength. For the families who are preparing funeral arrangements and those who are headed to funeral services; wrap your loving arms around them. For those in the midst of their grieving process, allow them to find comfort in your word. For the families who are standing next to the bedside of a terminal ill family member and has to make a devastating decision, give them the peace they need, right now. Oh Lord! For the families who are grieving, allowing them to come together and not fall apart, remove any hate and replace it with help and where there is anger, replace it with love. For the family member who seems lost by the death of their loved one, send them guidance. For the pastors and clergy who have to eulogize; anoint them Father with a message of hope. For the souls who have now been released, receive them, God, into eternal rest until the Day of Judgment. Oh God, send a flow of forgiveness, healing, strength, hope, joy, love, peace and comfort into this land. May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with us, His people until it is our time to go. Amen