Today’s Sunday Scripture post is dedicated in loving memory of my beautiful Aunt Dianne, who passed away on January 22, 2016.
The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
~ Isaiah 57:1
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
~ Matthew 10:29
“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13
If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
~ Romans 14:8
Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.’
~ John 11:25
Death is an unfortunate but necessary part of life. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God, so it’s a step that we all have to take at some time or another. In 2 Corinthians 5:8, Paul tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. It still hurts for those of us who are left behind, but we can take comfort in God’s promise:
“For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 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?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:53)
Your untimely absence will be felt every day, Aunt Di. I wish I could have said goodbye. I’ll be thinking about you tomorrow on your birthday. Please give mom and grandma a hug from me.
Until we meet again,
Love Always, Wendy ♥
Note: Today’s paintings are: Julius von Klever’s “Christ Walking on Water”; Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau’s “The Shepherd David”; and Jesus holding the lamb is by Del Parson.