November 2, 2018

Revelations 21:4-6a …“he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” vs. 4              

We all know people who have, for one reason or another, absorbed more than their share of pain and sorrow in the course of their lives. Marriages fail, illness stalks, families disappoint, and one sad day is followed by another. And sometimes all this is accompanied by depression and spiritual malaise. For such persons life is much more of a burden than it is a joy and some even begin to look toward death as a compelling option. We might wish that life was not like this; that everyone would be guaranteed a lifetime of good health, pleasure, and success. But we know that isn’t the case. Not everyone gets the same benefits or breaks from life and suffering is not spread equally among us. But for people of faith, there remains one great truth: when death does come for us, as it undoubtedly will, it’s not the end of the story. We know that, in Christ, death has been overcome and new life awaits. Tears will be wiped away from sad eyes and the cloud of depression will be lifted. There will be no more mourning and crying and pain. And, as we enter the shelter of the divine, we will experience perfect peace. What joy it brings to know that life is more than what meets the eye, and the best is yet to come!

Thought for the Day: What happens for those who die by suicide?