Monday, August 22, 2011

Hope in the wake of loss

Lately, I've felt overwhelmed with my prayer list. There seems to be soo many people hurting and dealing with scary things. Thankfully, God is BIGGER than the length of my list and the amount of pain being felt by everyone on it.

Life can seem daunting and lonely for a lot of people. I know families burdened and waiting for their adopted children to be home, single mamas trying their best to make it on their own, college kids afraid of the big decisions they are making, adults/children fighting illnesses and as of recently a family whose precious almost two year old went home with the Lord. I understand how people can get lost in their circumstances and feel like their is no way out. But let me give you some hope in face of such tragedies. We have a GOD who IS all powerful, mighty to save and WILL NOT leave His people in a time of need. Find hope in what is yet to come because of what already has been done.....

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:54-58

This verse is such a source of comfort and hope. Please know that "Thanks be to God" we have to fear nothing because our victory over this world, it's trials and death has been accomplished through Jesus. This to me is where living out our faith truly comes to pass. It's during these difficult moments and big life questions where we can choose to trust all that Christ did through his life, death and resurrection or be swallowed up in despair. Believe me when I say, I cannot imagine the pain this precious family is feeling and will not cheapen it. I do believe however, that they are feeling "death where is your sting?" because of their belief that their child is now with Jesus worshiping Him forever with no more cancer staining her sweet body. The loss must be unbearable, and that is where the family of Jesus Christ will serve them and love them. But no matter our fears, sorrow and struggles we cannot loose sight of what has already taken place to set us FREE! My friends, please wait no longer. If you have not trusted your entire life to our savior and king, Jesus it NOW! We are not promised tomorrow and this life is much sweeter living in the blessed peace of our Lord.

I want to leave you with this song that I cannot listen to without being so thankful for my salvation and hope in Jesus!

Come ye sinners, poor and needy
Weak and wounded, sick and sore
Jesus ready stands to save you
Full of pity, love, and power

Come ye thirsty, come and welcome
God's free bounty glorify
True belief and true repentance
Every grace that brings you nigh

I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms
In the arms of my dear Savior
Oh, there are ten thousand charms

Come ye weary, heavy-laden
Lost and ruined by the fall
If you tarry until you're better
You will never come at all


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