“Jesus wept” John 11:35
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:18
Please forgive me for how late this newsletter comes to you this month. My father passed away last Sunday and is now with Jesus. As you can imagine it’s a difficult time for everyone involved. Trying to reconcile my joy for him at having his pain and suffering over while in this world and my own emotions while processing his death.
I’m so grateful for the short verse that God chose to share with us above. “Jesus wept.” Only two words but full of so much meaning for me at this time. Not only is it ok for me as a follower of Jesus to be sad and to weep at my father’s death but I think it’s so much more than that. I believe our spirit rebels at death because it was never supposed to be this way. If the rebellion in the garden had not taken place then man would have walked with God from the beginning. And when Jesus said that he came to “seek and save that which was lost” it was not just lost people but the lost relationship that was intended from the beginning of creation. We should weep at each and every death.
That brings me to the other verse above. Life is short. Whether one lives a long full life or is here for a short time the harsh truth is that life IS short. So please, and I can’t stress this strongly enough, PLEASE, if you have broken relationships in your life, do everything within your means to reconcile those relationships. The day is coming when your opportunity to do so will no longer exist. And we never know when that day is coming.
I believe that when everything else is gone, the jobs, the money, the homes and the cars, and even our life all that will matter is how we loved God and how we loved others. I really believe it’s that simple. So do everything within your power to try and heal those relationships in your lives that need to be healed. The relationship may never be fully healed but at least have the peace of knowing that you did everything possible to see that happen.
I wish this was better written and that I shared my heart better. But this is the best I have right now. Those principles above are the kind of things we try to teach our young men and women we serve at LifeQuest. And your prayers and your partnership with us is more appreciated than I could possibly tell you. Thank you for loving our kids. Thank you for loving us.
|John D. Jones President/CEO |
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