There is a saying going around that there are two things that cannot be avoided...taxes....and death. I don't know where I have heard this statement, but there seems to be some truth to it! Taxes annoy us while we're trying to enjoy life, and death annoys us at the end of life. Though we can't do much about the taxes, we can do something about facing death. No one escapes it, and every person has to deal with it one time or another.
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the 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 with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.
Paul - 1 Thessalonians 4:18
These words do give me hope! I recently lost my Dad, and it was very difficult to have him go. But he had accepted Jesus as his Savior on Father's Day in 2011, so our family knew where he was going. We know where he is now. And someday we will be with him, and my Mom again. With Jesus. Forever.
I recently finished a new song and am happy to be able to share it with everyone. Welcome Home was written to give people hope when death approaches. Having faith in Jesus Christ as a personal Savior reassures us that when life as we know it is over, we have a new home in heaven. A home that has been prepared for us by Jesus Himself.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.
Jesus - John 14:1-4
My friend, Jim Dunmire, sings this song with a passionate love for His Savior, and reminds us that someday we will be reunited with our loved ones who have gone on before us.
A grand reunion's coming...we'll finally be at home!
May our Lord give you peace.