Food for thought….Death where is your sting?

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Where, O death is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:55

My husbands grandmother passed away yesterday during the early morning hours.  Although we had been expecting her death, it still doesn’t make the pain any less.  But we have a hope…….

That dear sweet woman had faced death so many times, we began joking with her that she had 9 lives! Each time that she would be in the hospital and I would wonder if that would be the last time that I would see her, I often asked God what His purpose was behind all of her health problems and near death experiences.  

For Valentines Day our family went and had an ice cream party with her at the nursing home.  That was the last time that she was really able to speak well to us.  As I was leaving, I hugged her and told her that we had so many great times together.  She responded with “Yes we have, and it’s over now. But our best times are yet to come.” 

For we know that, if our earthly house of this tabernacle, this tent were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  2 corinthians 5:1

When we think of a tent, we dont think of a permanent dwelling place.  Paul, as he wrote that scripture,  never saw this life as a permanent dwelling.  His hope was in heaven, and that belief manifested throughout his life here on earth. When a child of God dies, they move out of this old leaky tent into a permanent home.  One that is eternal in the heavens.  Prepared by God just for us. 

A friend of mine said to me, “She gets to spend palm Sunday singing Hosanna at the feet of Jesus, how cool is that?!” She gets to see the Savior of the world face to face.  She gets to meet Him, and spend all of eternity with Him, she gets to see her husband who passed into eternity years ago.  How amazing! Although we mourn for her here, death has no victory over a child of God.  Death is not the end for her, but rather, the beginning. 

Even the time spent in the nursing home with her had touched many lives.  She got to know the nurses, developed a relationship with them and the other residents at the nursing home. Her life was a testimony of who Jesus is, and the love He has for us.  Often times we look at the troubles of this life and wonder what the purpose is behind them, God is working in our lives even when we fail to see it.  

Soon, we will have a beautiful reunion.  I long for the day to meet my sweet Savior face to face, and I cant wait to see our grandma again! Today, I am thanking God for His love that saved us, and that soon we will meet again. 

I love this video, the lyrics are beautiful

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