Scripture for Today: I Thessalonians 4:13 “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”
If you want ideas for an elaborate headstone, many can be seen at Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont. This city is considered the “Granite Capital of the World” supplying from its quarries most of the granite used for headstones across America. Being that it is so plentiful, every headstone, plain or simple, is made of granite. Perhaps the granite would last much longer than the memories of the one buried there. Those memories may be the only hope held by some that grieve.
Today’s verse reminds the believer that death is not the end. There was concern that those who had died before the Lord’s return would somehow miss out on the big event. Paul reassures the church that the “dead in Christ” would rise first. Those still living would join them in the air and so be forever with the Lord. There is a future and a hope and death does not interfere with His program! We are to encourage one another with this truth (verse 18).
Hope changes everything! It has certainly changed how I grieve the death of my parents and of my friends. It is not just my memories that keep them alive. Though their bodies have given out, their souls continue. I grieve with the hope and sure conviction that God keeps His promises. It is painful to be separated. But one day there will be a grand joyful reunion! My hope is not built on a life well-lived. My hope is built on Christ and His righteousness!
Thank you Lord, that You are my Hope and death is not the end!