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Winning the War
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A few weeks ago my husband and I attended the memorial service of a family friend who died from cancer. She was an unassuming young woman, yet the building where her service was held was packed to the bursting point with people whose lives she had touched. We considered ourselves fortunate to squeeze into a back row balcony seat where we could not only hear the stories people recounted of Sherrie’s kindness, but also see the beautiful pictures shining from the large screen at the front depicting the glories of heaven and the splendor of the resurrection at Jesus’ second coming.

Many people talk about their battles with cancer and other serious illnesses and how they “won,” meaning they survived the illness. Sherrie’s family maintains that even though she ultimately did not survive her battle with cancer she won the battle with death because she remained firm – even joyful – in her faith in God through the last moment of her pain-filled life.

Death is without doubt a fierce enemy to the human race…a selfish tyrant who continually steals not only the aged and the sick but those who are young and vigorous. Even innocent little children and perfectly formed babies are snatched away with barely a taste of life.

Hopes and Dreams Smashed


I walked through a cemetery yesterday that had a special section for babies. Miniature statues of bunnies and lambs were gently nestled beside small gravestones, along with delicate flower buds and pictures of angels. It was heartbreaking to read the inscriptions and think of the grieving families…their hopes and dreams ruthlessly smashed.

Yet for those who believe in the restorative power of God, there is hope beyond the grave. The Bible is clear and reassuring in its promise of a resurrection and an eternity of life with our Creator God - "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, or fearful of the time when you yourself will face death, read these beautiful words every day. And remind yourself that God will ultimately win the war against death. Our futures are forever secure in the hands of the true ruler of the universe. What an amazing comfort that realization is to Sherrie’s family and friends who eagerly wait for the day of Jesus’ return to this planet!

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