Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Praise Him

Last night, during worship practice, the members of the team remembered and prayed for a brother who had gone to be with the Lord.  I do not know this brother personally, but I felt a sense of sorrow in the room.  The verses from 1 Thessalonians 4 came to my mind as I opened my mouth to pray.

"13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For 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. 17 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. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words."  --1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

What comfort and encouragement we have through the promise of the Lord's salvation that we have the eternal hope of living with Christ forever.  
I am certain that this brother is filled with God's joy and glory, playing his instruments (bongo drums) and praising God right now with his resurrected body.  I look forward to meeting him one day in the presence of God.  In the mean time, I pray for God's indescribable peace to comfort his family's temporary loss on earth. May He renews the joy and hope in the family to rejoice in His coming.
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