Death is Precious?

Death is Precious?

We lost another sweet saint in our church this week. This lady was 82 and suffered from dementia, taking her away from regular church attendance for quite a while now.

My pastor/hubby never ceases to amaze me at how he can find just the right words for paying tribute to one of his flock. I’ve sat in the pew and listened to so many funeral services he has had to conduct. But he came up with something uniquely appropriate for this dear lady.

He began by saying he had pondered for a long time for just the perfect word to describe Mary. He chose precious. He went on to explain what precious means and how it applied to her. But then he shared a verse.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

My hubby explained that we see death as dark, dreary, and depressing. It means a separation and a loss. However, God says that the death of one of His saints is precious in His sight. But to see this as precious we have to take on God’s perspective.

If we see from His vantage point, we would see a saint entering heaven with no tears, pain, or dementia. What dear Mary believed through faith became sight. She arrived to that place Jesus went ahead to prepare for her.

When Mary was still able to attend church, she would meet my hubby in the hallway and say, “Well, there you are.” Her pastor would squeeze her in a hug and kiss her on the cheek or forehead and say, “I love you.”

He told this to those gathered at the funeral/celebration of life. And he ended by saying, “When I leave here and go the way that Mary went, I have the hope of reunion with her and hearing her say again – ‘Well, there you are.'” And it will be a precious moment. Finally home with the Savior.

Oh, how I hold precious the hope we have through Jesus Christ – our eternal home and sweet reunions.

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Paula Mowery About Paula Mowery

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. You can follow Paula on Facebook and learn more about her at her blog.

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