When death takes away someone I love, the void that is left leaves an aching in my heart that is never completely healed. When a friend loses someone dear to them, I am reminded of my own losses all over again and the tremendous comfort I received through those God brought into my life. No matter how many times it happens, the feeling of helplessness is a reminder that every breath I breathe is a precious gift from the Lord. I am so grateful that in those moments of grief, He is present to sustain me and give me an enduring hope and confidence that nothing will ever separate me from His great love. As painful and final as death is, His promise of eternal life brings assurance that I can endure my loss and rejoice in His goodness, mercy and grace. I live my life, knowing that no matter what the Lord allows to happen to me or those I love so dearly, I can look unto Him for the strength I need to uphold me in every situation.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"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'."
1 Corinthians 15:54