November 9, 2015

Read Revelation 21:1-5

I was drying my hair when the phone rang. My dad’s voice was shaky as he let me know that my grandfather had passed away in the night. It was a phone call that I’d been expecting, but one that I was still not prepared for. He was my Pappy. 

During the two hour drive from my college campus the next morning, I recalled the many happy times I spent with him. Not your typical grandfather, his energy usually rivaled my own. He took me camping, and he bought me hamburgers at a cool diner, where we sat on silver barstools every Saturday night. I loved him so. 

I knew that he was in Heaven and no longer suffering, but I wasn’t ready to let him go. I felt that God took him away too soon from me and my Mimi. 

Why is it so difficult for us to say goodbye? I think it is because, maybe, we don’t view death as God does. We see death as an end, and it saddens us to lose the ones we love. But from our Heavenly Father’s view, death is only the beginning – the beginning of eternal life with Him in paradise where we were created to be. Heaven is a place we should be excited about!

That doesn’t mean that we won’t be sad when we lose loved ones. But, we can praise God that, even in our grief, we do not mourn as those who have no hope. As Christians, we have been promised that the end of our lives on earth is not really the end. The day is coming when death and sadness will be no more. Are you ready? My Pappy was. 

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”