I write this days after my late mothers funeral Evangelist Linda J.
I have encountered a glimpse of grief before, after the death of my sister Luisha. I was a lot younger then and I remember asking God why? And I was rather angry at God for taking my sister away from me.
Now I am older I understand that there is ‘a time to be born and a time to die’ (Ecclesiastes 3:2-9). Meaning we all have a selected time on this earth, every moment and season we have on this earth is ordained. Our destiny is designed by our maker.
It is crucial that we do not waste the time we have been given, but ‘redeeming the time,because the days are evil’ (Ephesians 5:16). We must apply the message from The Parable of The Talents, to not squander the talents/gifts He has blessed us with and use them for His Glory.
I thank God for my mothers life, the lives she has touched and the legacy she has left behind. She has completed her assignment and run her own race. My mother, Linda gave her life to Jesus, repented, became baptised and now saved. She has been a good and faithful servant and entered ‘into the joy of thy lord’ (Matthew 25:23), rejoicing with the saints.
There is an assurance that I will see her again ‘according to his promise,look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness’ (2 Peter 3:13).
Unfortunately many deal with grief in different ways to numb the pain, I know that there is a relief through prayer and going into the arms of my Heavenly Father. The Bible tell us ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted’ (Matthew 5:4).
In the Book of John (11:35) we learn that Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus.
It is important to let the emotions out and to heal. Knowing that Jesus is our only and everlasting comforter.
Although it is difficult to understand why things happen, God ‘knows the end from the beginning’ (Isaiah 46:10) and ‘will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear’ (1 Corinthians 10:13) and ‘loves you with an everlasting love’ (Jeremiah 31:3).
There is no time limit on grief and the sadness I feel but my faith in Jesus brings me peace and joy.
Father in the Name of Jesus,
I thank you Lord that you comfort those that mourn
Be close to us, those in broken heart
Thank you Lord for the support of family, friends and prayers
Help us Lord as we mourn the loss of a loved one
Let us trust in you and lean on you, make our paths straight
Help us to understand your will and know that you are in control
Thank you Lord that you are our shield and rock of refuge
Touch all who are struggling
Let us not stumble or fall
I pray Lord that one day we will see our loved one again in your Kingdom
Let us serve you Lord completely and remain faithful
Help us to prepare for your return
Save us again if we are lost, bring us back into your arms
Thank you Lord that you love us and have good plans for us
Let us honor and use the gifts you have blessed us with
Help us to use our time wisely,
Let all become saved and receive your free gift of salvation
Let us continue to love one another, unite families and strengthen us
Thank you Lord that you are our Redeemer
Wipe our tears and bring us your joy and hope
In your precious Holy Name,
Written by her daughter Jaeger V