Saturday, July 24
We Can Rejoice
think about it.
What do you learn here about God's plans for the future? About hope in the face of death? How does this influence your own view of death and the future?
Paul gives us an incredible shot in the arm in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. I particularly love verses 13 and 14 where Paul sets out so clearly that as believers we have hope in all circumstances, even death, because of our relationship with Jesus Christ as our Savior.
In the last year, both my mom and my mother-in-law have passed away, my mom last summer and my mother-in-law just ten days ago. My husband and I miss them both. Yet, while we mourn the fact that they are no longer here and part of our lives, we at the same time, rejoice because they both knew the Lord and we know they are with Him. I can't even imagine the awesomeness of what they are experiencing right now. (Thank you, Lord!!)
The last verse of our passage instructs us to "encourage one another with these words." I say "Amen to that!!" So how can we use this passage for encouragement this weekend--first for ourselves and then for others? Tami W.
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