Now I lay me own to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
How should we feel when a loved one who has been in pain and had much suffering dies? We are sorry for our own loss and there is nothing shameful about that but we have to be happy knowing that loved one is finally and forever free.
When my dad was dying and talking me through what was happening to him, he said something that I asked him to repeat so I could record it on my phone, but on that recording you only hear him breathing as he was too weak to repeat. He looked up at me and said, “I go out and come back in, it’s so simple, you don’t feel a thing. I saw my soul.” I realized he was telling me that his soul was making practice runs at leaving the body, but the “silver cord” mentioned in Ecclesiastes was about to be broken and he would be gone. I foolishly asked him, “You saw your soul? How did it look?” He looked at me with amusement and said, “Well it looked like ME, because it IS me!”
Either you believe it or you don’t, I believe in the eternal spirit and life after life so this morning when I learned of the death of a woman who had suffered the loss of a baby boy and then suffered the loss of her physical beauty when she was burned nearly to death a few years after that. She faced the stares of strangers who did not know what she had suffered with bravery. I’m sure it had to hurt but she never acted as if it did. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother that I have known for my whole life and I know her family will miss her but I know she is happy to have her face and arms smooth and beautiful again, dying on the anniversary of her wedding I think she must have gone to surprise her husband and have a party.
If you have lost a loved one grieve for yourself but know that they are in the house of the Lord.
Psalms 23:4 Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.