Loss of a loved one II

Brandon appreciates his own art work.
Brandon appreciates his own art work.

We have a major drainage/sewer problem. Tim, Jim, Felipe, Jason and Billy worked on it until finally getting it fixed to the point that Monday the city will dig up the pipes on the street & fix it permanently. It was a blessing to be home & ministering to my children. Lucy leaves Monday and the kids in our house will miss her.

The only people who never experience the death of a loved one are those too young to understand or who die at birth. Everyone else will bear the pain of a loss. Jesus felt our suffering as we see when His heart is aching over the loss of those He loved. Even when He saw people dying in Jerusalem without salvation His heart was crushed. I know that I have buried those whom I will see again and also those whom I may not see again.

The death of a Christian is one filled with the hope of reuniting with them but the loss of one who is unsaved is last seen forever by us in the casket and nevermore.

2 Corinthians 1:3  “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

After Dottie and I had buried 3 children she was able to share with many women who had lost a child. She touched many lives and they went on to lead a normal life with the expectation of seeing their child again. However there were some who were so bitter that they could not accept anything Dottie tried to share. Some left their husbands while others quit church. Some even turned to adultery, divorce or alcohol.

I remember a man who told me his wife hated him. When I spoke with her to try and reconcile them she told me of something concerning the accidental death of their child. When I asked how long ago that was she replied “27 years”. Grief had turned her heart to hatred.

There is a better way!