|Posted on February 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM|
Death is one of the few certainties in life. It has been said that we live, we pay taxes and we die. Well, if we live, we may or may not pay taxes, but statistics prove that 100 out of every 100 people die and unless the rapture takes place, both we and everybody that we know will die.
This past week the mother of two of our ladies, an aunt of one of our men, a great missionary lady, and the Pastor of one of the great churches in our area, all passed over to their eternal reward. All were well up in years so you couldn’t say that the deaths were completely unexpected. Yet it does not change the fact they will be greatly missed. The void that they left will have a huge impact upon all who they have touched. The simple truth is that in this life we are all tied together in ways that we truly do not fully understand and when someone who has been such a tremendous part of our life is taken away from us the pain of separation can be overwhelming.
Have you ever had a tooth pulled? Do you remember how your tongue seamed to be drawn into the hole where the tooth had been even after the gum had healed? In many ways that is how it is when we lose someone who is close to us. Their absence cannot be ignored. This problem becomes even more evident when that person is a person to whom we look up to. A person whom we trusted for advice or a person to whom we look to for leadership. So, what do we do? How do we cope? Well, first of all, let me say that it’s not easy, no, not in any way. The hurt that you feel is real. We have all heard it said that time heals and there may be some truth in that, but it doesn’t bring them back. No, they are gone and we will not see them again in this present life and the void they left will always be there. Now, it is true that as believers we can have the assurance of where they are and have the blessed hope of seeing them again, non-the-less their absence will certainly be felt. On the other hand, if they were a true hero, then I bet that they invested a lot of themselves into you. They put things into your life, things that will help you get through the sorrow that you are now feeling. They have invested things that will help you in your decision making in the future. Yes, sometimes it may be hard, and sometimes it maybe scary but you will make it with God’s help. Yes, the same God that they followed, the same God that they walked with, the same God that they obeyed is there for you right now.
One final thing, how do you honor their memory? It’s simple: do what they taught you to do. Now, this may mean that you have to grow up and stand on your own two feet, but here again, if you look to God and His Word for guidance then you can do it. He can turn you into a leader, He can use you to help fill the gap that your hero left in other peoples lives. If you are willing to be used by Him, if you can learn to lean on Him then who knows, God might just make a hero out of you! Proverbs 3:5-6
- Pastor Tim
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