John 3 1-17
v 16 “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life.”
Life also involves death. I remember my Mum saying that she brought a nice black coat as she was going to so many funerals she wanted to at least look and feel some good. Maybe you are not at that stage of life. Maybe you have thought about the end of your life if you have property or children going through the practical implications to make a will? I was 18 years old when I went to my first funeral, my Uncle who died at 55 of a brain tumor. Not a good year as I went to three within 12 months, my grandfather, and a cousin. I remember my grandfather’s funeral was on a lovely sunny day and I was mad as I missed him and was sad. Couldn’t the weather join me being miserable like my feelings? But maybe God was telling me how I should really feel? My grandfather would walk me to Church when I visited at their house and came to Sunday School with me when they lived in a different town. He picked me up from school when they came over for supper during the week when they lived closer to us. He believed that when he died, he was going to a better place and because of that lived his life on earth showing others how important it was to go to Church, to learn about God. If you find joy in listening to music at church, joy as you walk around the forest or on the beach, joy as you walk hand in hand with a partner, living forever in that joy in heaven is like a lovely sunny day. Believing that Jesus is “the way” is how to get there. So yes, we all need Jesus in our lives.
Prayer- Lord hold me in your arms as I process my grief at the loss of a loved one. Thank you for the loving arms of Jesus spread out on the cross for me that guide me to my eternal home. Amen.