Sooner or later we will all have to face the death of a loved one.
With tear filled eyes, I faced just that on Saturday, July 22nd as I witnessed my Papa (Grandfather) pass away. We knew that morning that God was preparing to call my Papa to his forever home, but we were not truly prepared for it. No one ever is.
If you’re like me, and you’re missing someone special today; Someone you long to see again, the idea of “no longer” looms in the reality of each day that you live without them. But can I encourage you with the Truth?
There is a world beyond this world. Our loved ones are not dead, but living like never before in an extraordinary place of astounding wonder, where pain and sorrow can never linger. They’re experiencing joy and peace like they’ve never known as they celebrate the splendor of their eternal home in Heaven.
July 22nd was not the end of my Papa’s existence. It was the day that marked the separation of his body and soul. When he took his last breath, his soul was ushered directly into the presence of God in Heaven. July 22nd was my Papa’s last day here on earth, but it was his first birthday in eternity. My Papa certainly experienced many joys in his life on earth, but nothing compares to the pure delight of unhindered fellowship with Jesus he is just beginning to experience. He is experiencing unspeakable joy in the presence of his Creator.
With that in mind, I grieve for what is lost for now, but rejoice for what my Papa has gained. Just as God called my Papa home, I know that I will one day see him again, along with many other loved ones, when God calls me home. But no matter how long the time between now and until I see my Papa again, he will be forever in my heart.
I love you, all the way from where I’m standing here on earth.
If you are struggling now, please feel free to contact me. I don’t even begin to have answers, but I understand the pain and will walk beside you sharing your grief.