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No More Death

We are on the road again today. Our last trip, just four weeks ago, was a joyous occasion, a nephew’s wedding. This trip is as different from that as could be, the funeral of another young nephew, not much older than his newlywed cousin. It is an altogether sorrowful occasion. We can’t help asking why these things happen. We know that God is good and does all things for our good and for his glory, but we wish for a more specific answer, something more immediately comforting.

One day, we will understand. One day, we will understand and agree that what God has done, however painful to us, was right and good. But today, we grieve, and will continue to grieve for as long as our memories remain. Over time, the pain will lose its edge, but will never, in this life, be completely assuaged—and that is entirely normal and appropriate.

Until then, we trust in the promise of Christ’s return, when, for all who trust in him, all sorrow will cease:


Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

—Revelation 21:5–8

Posted 2017·11·10 by David Kjos
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