By Sandy Kirby Quandt
It started Easter Sunday with the death of a very dear friend in Maryland who I’d known for forty-four years. Within weeks, another special friend in Florida died. Followed by the death of a new acquaintance here in Texas. In between these three deaths, Uncle Ed died.
June brought the death of the mother of my dearest girlfriend in Florida. In July the mother-in-law of my dearest girlfriend in Texas died. Two weeks ago, the father of another sweet Texas friend was buried.
That same week, three of Pilot’s friends at work had death’s in their families.
But death was not finished … a very precious Saint in the LORD died this past Wednesday. Tomorrow Pilot will sing at her funeral.
Amid all this loss, it would be easy to become discouraged … despondent … distraught. Maybe even a little angry. It would be, if we believed this was all there was to life. If we believed death had the final word. If we believed there was no victory beyond the grave.
But believing all that would be contrary to what the Bible teaches. In 1 Corinthians Chapter 15, the Apostle Paul talks about death and the hope people who belong to Jesus have through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Death does not have the final word. Jesus does. And he has conquered death.
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Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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