A Funeral and A Wedding

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the
Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Revelation 19:7
Tomorrow we go to a funeral. Like many of you reading this, a funeral
is the last place on earth I want to be, yet not every funeral is bad.
The dear soul whose funeral this is suffered many long months with
pain as cancer continued to destroy her health. She was ready to go
long before she went to be with the Lord.
It is painful to lose a loved one, yet there is comfort in knowing
that the suffering individual has gone on to be with the Lord where
there is no pain or suffering or tears or sickness. We mourn our loss
of those who have gone on, but we have peace in knowing they are in a
better place.
I loved the following dialog from the “Return Of The King” movie when
it looked like all was lost and the Hobbit named Pippin turns to wise
Gandalf and says:
Pippin: I didn’t think it would end this way.
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another
path… One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world
rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… And then you see it.
Pippin: What? Gandalf?… See what?
Gandalf: White shores… and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
Pippin: [smiling] Well, that isn’t so bad.
Gandalf: [softly] No… No it isn’t.
We recognize the truth in those words. We are on the path to heaven,
and there awaiting us is the Great Wedding Feast of the Lamb of God.
Jesus is awaiting us, and that isn’t so bad.
Those with Chronic Illnesses often find that death’s door draws close,
but whether we are given more time on this earth, or go on to be with
the Lord, God’s goodness is with us always.
Prayer: Dear Lord, You died so that we would have eternal life, thank
You for that wonderful gift and the better life awaiting us all. Amen.
Question: Do you have hope of eternal life through Jesus? Do you look
forward to seeing loved ones who have gone on to be with the Lord?
Karlton Douglas copyright 2011
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