My good friends mother recently passed away and the viewing was yesterday. She knew Jesus as her Savior, so there was no weeping and wailing….everyone knew where she had gone.
As I stood before her casket, I was amazed at how young and peaceful she looked! When they told me she was 91, I could hardly believe it. She honestly looked as though she was sleeping. That’s when I remembered the above song.
The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep [a]in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive [b]and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a [c]shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive [d]and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Rest in peace Mary! We’ll see you soon…