‘For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.’ (1 Thessalonians 4 16-18)
It’s an everlasting promise: One day we shall be reunited with our loved ones in the glory of God’s eternal kingdom. We long to love and be loved. And whether it’s a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a father or mother, a husband or wife, when we come into a genuine loving relationship with another person we want to hold on to it and make it last forever. And it’s this very gift of loving relationships that sets the stage for the inevitable grief and loss we experience when those who are nearest and dearest to our hearts are taken from us. The Good News is that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins and was raised from the dead that we might receive the gift of eternal life. Through faith in Jesus Christ we have the promise of another dimension of life beyond this world that’s complete and perfect and timeless. Encouragement indeed.
Lyn Hayes ALM