He who has the Son…

I’ve just heard of the sad and unexpected death of my son’s friend’s mum from a heart attack. She was about my age and it was a shock! …And it took me back to when my husband died, and the aftermath of that, which has made me feel very emotional…

Carole was a strong Christian believer, as are her adult children who have survived her. I know their Church family will rally round and support them, comfort them, cook for them and take as much weight off their shoulders at this time as they can. Having experienced this myself I know what a blessing it is.

But two things are uppermost in my thoughts today…

1. The painful grief that follows the loss of a loved one. We may know that our person is in the presence of Jesus and rejoice that the challenges and trials of this world no longer trouble them, but we have also lost the presence of someone very dear and important to us, influencial in our day to day life and who has left an indelible imprint of love on our heart. It hurts – deeply. It knocks us for six. It saps our energy. It takes time to heal; sometimes a very long time. That journey now awaits this dear family and I’m so sorry for them, though they will also learn how much they are loved…

2. As believers, we know that one day “God will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things [will] have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4 NKJV

This IS our comfort, our blessèd hope! All made possible by Jesus’ sacrificial death at Calvary.

I sometimes wonder how people live without Jesus, and how they can also be prepared to die without Him…

1 John 5:12 NKJV
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

This one little verse should strike fear into the hearts of everyone who has chosen to reject Jesus. If you do not have the Son, you do not have LIFE! If only they understood what that means for their eternal future!

So, be open with your unsaved friends and family about who you are in Christ. Pray for them. Everyone will be bereaved or suffer grief at some point in their lives and this is the time we get to be Jesus’ hands and feet in this world; and His voice, speaking His words of love and truth to the lost. ❤

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