2007 A Year For Funerals

When Miriam and I were married, we realized that many of closest friends and colleagues were several years older than us. That is when I discerned that, as we grew older, we would probably attending many funerals. This has come pass at least in part during 2006 and 2007. Since my Dad left us, it has been one funeral after another. We lost two one right after another. Then brother Bill Pile of Christ’s Church in the City at Highland Park (CA) went on to be with the Lord, followed by brother Pedro Julian and now Henry Wilson of Hidden Valley Christian Church (Escondido, CA.) Something tells me that 2008 is likely to go down in our history as another one of those years.

There are times when the pain of having to say “good-bye” until the Lord’s return is nearly unbearable. Believe me, it never gets any easier nor can one become callous to the grief of the immediate family and intimate friends. Yet, we must draw strength from our faith in God and continue on with the task of reaching as many as we can with the Gospel of Christ. In doing so, we will always be on the side of the winning team.

Presently, I am leading a Bible study on Tuesdays, and we are going through the book Acts. The operative word in the entire book is “restore” (Act_1:6; Act_15:16;). In 1Co 15:22-28, we find Paul echoing the same theme as he emphasizes the impact of Jesus’ resurrection power in the lives of believers. In few words, we can never fail if we are already winning team to begin with. So, as we plow forward in fearless devotion, we are certain that the Lord has a perfect plan for our life ahead of us. We only need to learn to trust Him in everything that we do or say for His glory. In time, we will be able to appreciate in hindsight what we were otherwise unable to discern before.

Remember, ” your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” As Paul has clearly stated, “(1Co 15:57) But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. “

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