Will We See Our Loved Ones Again?
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2007 Nov 20
We have just posted a new sermon on the Keep Believing website called Will We See Our Loved Ones Again? Here’s an excerpt:
Many of us have had the sad experience of going to a funeral and paying our final respects to someone we knew and loved in this life. Perhaps you laid to rest a dear husband or a sweet wife. Or perhaps you had the awful burden of burying a son or a daughter. Maybe you have said farewell to a brother or a sister or to the best friend you ever had. Just today I received an email from a friend whose aged mother is dying. Here is part of what he wrote:
"My mom is near the end but peaceful from all we see. She is hearing us, not talking at all, but three days without fluids. It would seem she might live two more days in this state. Her passing seems calm and without great pain so far. We sang, I read Scripture, I prayed, we sang and told stories, we held her and kissed her, etc. Everything is up in the air now about how to plan next week but God will lead us as we take one day at a time. Seeing your last parent go is quite sobering. I feel a little like an orphan. I told her today, “Mom, you will soon be in the Church triumphant at the feet of Jesus."
If you have had that experience, then my topic is anything but theoretical. It is intensely practical and personal. We desperately want to know the truth; we won’t be satisfied with mere speculation. We must know what God has said. Is there a word from the Lord that will help us?
The answer is yes. Thank God, we are not left alone to wonder and hope. God has told us the answer to this question. That answer is found in our text, which R.A. Torrey called the most comforting passage in all the Bible.