Saying Goodbye

This is probably my third draft; it’s just so hard to figure out how to put this into words. My grandfather died last week.

Death is a funny thing for Christians. We rejoice because our loved one has finally gone home, but we are sad because, well, they’re no longer here with us. It’s simply a difficult time, but troubles come so that we can grow stronger in our relationship with God (see When Troubles Seem Unbearable). The best thing to do during hard times is to pray and to read God’s Word; both are sources of encouragement and peace.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing  in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26, NIV)

It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever.Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, NLT)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. (1 Thessalonians 4:13014, NLT)

Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8, ESV)

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20, NIV)

My grandfather will be missed very much; he was loved by so many people. But I know that he’s home now, and he’s happier than any of us can imagine.


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