Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Coping With Loss

Death comes to all of us, sooner or later; and no matter how much we may be expecting its arrival, the actual moment we are faced with it in the passing of friends or family members it will change us forever.

Death means loss for those left behind, and loss usually means pain. No matter how great your faith may be, the sorrow of losing one who is special to you creates an aching hole that will only heal with time. Yet for the believer, the death of a fellow Christian, while heart-wrenching, is still mollified with the knowledge that one day he or she will be reunited with the one who has passed on. This hope, this assurance from God's word keeps us going through the tough and lonely times ahead.

The title of this post's photo by Victor Stoyanov is "We shall meet where there is no sorrow." What a comfort that statement should be to all of us who know Christ as savior and have experienced the loss of a loved one.

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable,
and the mortal with immortality,
then the saying that is written will come true:

"Death has been swallowed up in victory."

"Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?"

--I Corinthians 15:54-55 (NIV)



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