I do not like to say goodbye. I am sad to think that on this earth I will not see Lily again. Ten years ago she passed on to me the leadership of her Bible study group. As each member is roughly the same age, I am losing these dear women one by one. Each year our numbers shrink and we must say goodbye. Yes, I grieve but I grieve with hope.
The verse for today is beautiful as it reminds us of our hope. Saying goodbye between believers is never forever. The separation is painful and hard but there is a tomorrow. Death has been swallowed up in victory! Death is just a passage where the perishable is clothed with imperishable and the mortal with immortality! (I Cor. 15:53-54) One day there will be an incredible reunion of laughing and singing and dancing! The sting of death will be forever removed. This is my sure hope. It makes our temporary separation bearable.
“When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain; but we shall still be joined in heart and hope to meet again.” And that hope is not just wishful thinking! Hope in Scripture has a much stronger meaning of certainty. My hope is built on Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for me. It is on that cross that He insured eternal life for those who place their trust in Him. It is this hope that changes my grief.
Thank you Lord, that grief does not crush me. Thank you Lord, that Your hope is my comfort.