13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (2 Co 4:13–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Church Family: Family Loss
This world, and our life as we know it is temporary. It had a beginning, and it has an end. We like to blame the devil for that ending and run from it with all fear and anxiety, but the truth is: God is in charge and it is His hand that ordains our beginnings and our ends.
That is a bitter pill to swallow on our good days, let alone in the midst of loss. But it actually carries with it one of our greatest hopes. As good as this life gets, it is always a mixed bag of joys and sorrows, victories and disappointments. We were made for something more than this life.
The only way Jesus showed us to get to eternal life was by embracing the suffering, the loss, the death as part of God’s plan. In the face of significant loss: tragedy, the loss of a child, suicides, cancer, it seems wrong to chalk it up to God’s will. It dishonors our loved ones. But holding on to that pain invites the same death into our hearts and spirits as we hold our hurt against God - the loss of our loved ones who were given to us by Him freely and then taken away without our consent.
We must battle our own selves in our grief, to move through the hurt to the place where we can truly honor the lives of our loved ones. We have to get to the place where we honor them for the gifts of God that they were to us, not simply for what we got from them. This world, our lives as we know it are temporary - and this is a gift of God.
But we were made for more than just this life. This life probably matters more than we even realize, and it shapes us into the people, the children of God that can live with him forever in heaven. I still have a lot of rough edges that need to be ground off in this world of suffering before I can shine and reflect God’s glory for eternity in heaven. How about you?
Reflection: How does your family grieve loss? What loss have you suffered as a family? How is God using that loss and that grief to bring you closer together and closer to Him?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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