When you are drowning in grief and when your world is crashing down all around you, when your heart is so broken you feel like you will never be OK, let a lone happy again, there is one thing you can depend on: God loves you so much that He let his son die for you.
13 Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about people who have died so that you won’t mourn like others who don’t have any hope. 14 Since we believe that Jesus died and rose, so we also believe that God will bring with him those who have died in Jesus. 15 What we are saying is a message from the Lord: we who are alive and still around at the Lord’s coming definitely won’t go ahead of those who have died. 16 This is because the Lord himself will come down from heaven with the signal of a shout by the head angel and a blast on God’s trumpet. First, those who are dead in Christ will rise. 17 Then, we who are living and still around will be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet with the Lord in the air. That way we will always be with the Lord. 18 So encourage each other with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Common English Bible
When I was a child we lived overseas and every 5 years we came back to the USA for a year. Until it was my oldest sister’s senior year, she wanted to graduate with her friends. So we staid. Then she came back to the USA to go to college. Then my next sister graduated and left too. Then the next year was my turn to graduate and leave. That was the year my oldest sister passed away. Although, of course I was heartbroken I was comforted by the knowledge that someday I would see her again and that we will be all together again. She graduated from this life and went on to the next.
Because of the salvation that Jesus gives us we have hope of life with Him after we die. To me that is such a comfort, because: 1. We get to spend eternity in heaven with Jesus 2. All our brothers and sister in Christ will also be there 3. If Jesus returns before we die we still get to go to heaven with Jesus!
That hope is worth hanging onto, tightly. When grief is overwhelming and your world is crashing down all around you remind yourself over and over that Jesus loves you and one day if you are in Christ you will get to be with Him.