And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelations 21:3-4 (ESV)
This life is filled with incredibly difficult things. Loss of loved ones. Terminal diagnosis. Loss of income or a job. Life can be incredibly difficult and in that difficulty there is pain. We know this in North America, but sometimes we can be lulled into a sense of comfort until discomfort hits close to home. Then we are shocked that something like this could become a intimate part of our lives.
Bill Crowder writes about the loss of his brother through cardiac failure. “[My] perspective on life changed dramatically…and the unexpected nature of that passing gave me much to ponder. It became apparent that as age began to catch up with us our families future was going to be marked more by loss than by gain.” You can hear the grief come through those terrifying words as you read them.
Yes. There will be difficult seasons in our life. Seasons that are so difficult they will scar of us for life. They scar us because there is something profoundly wrong about them where we yearn for a life, a destination where there is no more suffering, no more tears, no more future loss.
Through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, we are now privileged to have access to such a great salvation. Through his suffering on the cross, we have a knowledge of a heaven and earth that is to come, where every tear will be wiped away and all mourning and pain and brokenness will be things of the past! What a beautiful thought and reality we have in Christ! God loved you and me so much that he made a way that He might dwell with us and we might share life with him in light and truth!
Prayer for the Day: “Father I thank You that You’re the living God who gives everlasting life. I pray that You would use our eternal hope to comfort us in our seasons of loss and grief.”
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William ConLead Pastor
William has been the Lead Pastor of
Parkland Community Church since Nov. 2018