Words like "sympathy, consolation, and comfort" don’t help enough when
a loved one has moved on to the Heaven we all look forward to. Nevertheless, we rest in the knowledge that for the Christian,
passing away is a "so long," not a "goodbye."
to another state or country and we know it will be awhile before we’ll see and talk with them again. And so we rest
with the knowledge that dying is the end of pain and medicines.
all passed, and we who "hold down the fort" here at home can at least remember that "Many shall come from the
east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 8:11 and 13:49-50).
And with time being no more, we’ll be able to sit and talk with them at our leisure.
we remember how Jesus, while here on earth, met with Elijah and Moses and talked with them while Peter, James and John stood
by, hearing and seeing these who we’ll also see when we go where they are.
also remember how Lazarus rested n the "bosom of Abraham" after his trials here on earth were over (Luke 16:19-31).
And the apostle John said, "We even know that "If our earthly house of this tabernacle (our bodies)
were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2nd Corinthians 5:1).
And the words we stand on with faith, the very words of Jesus Himself while He was on the cross of crucifixion,
speaking to another who was on the cross beside Him, "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise"
(Luke 23:43). And if that isn’t enough for our minds to linger on, we remember His words, "I go to prepare a place
for you" (John 14:2).
We who are waiting for our own reward, while we do
sorrow for their moving, have God and Christ, and the Holy Spirit to comfort us.
we need more while we wait? We can rest in the fact that ""For now we see through a glass; darkly, but then face
to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known" (1st Cor. 13:12."
There’ll be no strangers in Heaven and we’ll have eternity to spend with those who have gone