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Are you spending time this week reviewing your year? Looking at all the important events? I am. Looking back can be an encouraging thing. One of the important events in my life happened in early March. My older brother died after a long illness. Because of the pandemic, we didn’t do a funeral. Rather, on a cold blustery day, members of the extended family huddled under a tent in the cemetery. There, a minister friend conducted the burial service and Air Force airmen presented the military honors.
Funerals often wet our faces with tears and raise lumps in our throats. Though Vic would no longer suffer from his illness, we missed him. Yes, we grieved. But we also have hope because Vic was a believer. Yes, he was an imperfect and sometimes grumpy man. But his faith was in Jesus.
This is the same type of hope Paul expressed in Philippians 1:20-21, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (NIV)
Let’s remember, no matter how bad, or how good, this life is, something better awaits. For those of us in Christ, we have eternal life. Let this hope encourage you each and every day!
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