Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?
A believer doesn’t say “goodbye” to another believer who dies. We aren’t parted forever, only for a season. We will have all eternity together.
I prefer the French goodbye “au revoir”, until we meet again.
Yesterday, I attended a funeral with 500-600 people honoring the life of a woman who was taken too quickly and too soon for our feeble hearts. By faith, we seek to trust the Lord, His ways and His plans, but the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak.
This was a hard “av revoir” to say.
All there were longing for one more of her amazing smiles, one more of her comfort-giving hugs, one more of her life-impacting spiritual insights, one more of her snappy jokes, one more of her thoughtful deeds of service.
You could even meet eyes with Lori across the room and be affected.
She had a presence that was such a light, many lives are experiencing a black-out.
But, if this sister knew I was glorifying her, she would turn my thoughts to Jesus, and gently encourage me to give Him glory. Her death brought her to worship at His feet, I know she would long for her death to cause us to worship at His feet.
By faith, we choose to accept the sovereignty of God, and choose to believe this Jeremiah 29:11 plan is for our good.
Until our feeble hearts totally grasp this plan, and we learn to live without this faithful servant of the Lord,