Advent Devotional – Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Do not mourn for those who have died. Celebrate their births just as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who have fallen asleep, or 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 own 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 4:13-18
When I had my daughter, my mother-in-law told me how funny it was that babies come into the world crying, but yet everyone who leaves this world does so quietly. She then said how wonderful Heaven must be that someone so little would hate to leave. I never thought much about it until I
was at my mother‘s side when she went to heaven. She was at peace. It was quiet. After I felt her soul leave the room, I was at peace. Why do we mourn human loss on earth? Should we not celebrate that they have gone to meet God and Jesus?
Just as we celebrate the rebirth of Jesus with Easter, let us celebrate the rebirth of our loved ones. They feel no more pain. They live in gorgeous splendor. They have achieved what God has promised us all.
I do mourn loss for a moment, but knowing that God has promised a life in Heaven, I feel more jealousy then sorrow when someone dies. Are you ready for God to call you home? Do you realize what wonderful pleasure awaits you? Do you know that all you have to do is believe in Christ? During the holidays, we all believe in traditions. This holiday, start a new tradition. Celebrate the loss of your loved ones! Tell God how happy you are they are safe at home with Him. Let go of the loss and live like you will be called to heaven tomorrow.