Yesterday a young lady I knew went to be with the Lord; her name is Tracy.
I know the Bible says precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints (Ps 116:15) but when reality sets in that’s of little comfort to us left behind here at Thanksgiving.
She was a wife, daughter, aunt, friend, and lover of animals, especially horses.
She is not the only one taken at this time of thanksgiving; there are 13 more in the obituaries of the local papers.
The Bible is full of stories of those that died; the widows son in the days of Elisha, the child of David and Bathsheba, Absalom, Jairus’ daughter, and Lazarus.
Solomon said, “A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one’s birth; better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting.” Eccl 7:1-2
Again, it’s easy to read but difficult to accept and live by it.
I know many others that struggle through the holidays because of the death of a loved one, even if that death was no where near a holiday.
Jesus delayed a trip to allow a dear friend to die.
How hard was that for Him to do? (Perhaps even more difficult to bring him back!)
When He finally shows up 4 days later, He is blamed for the death of the man by not coming sooner.
He gave comfort to those that were complaining; He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25-26
Even as most prepare to celebrate our great national holiday, there are many others that are holding a child’s hand in MD Anderson, or wondering if it will be a good or bad day for dad and will he remember anyone today.
Someone else won’t make it through the weekend; auto accident, heart attack, or stroke.
Death, pain, and suffering take no holiday!
But death, pain, and suffering have no victory as it is written, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
And thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:55, 57
I can’t imagine trying to make it through anything without Jesus.