Death. It is a staple of life. A result of the fall. And most of us put it out of our minds until it rears its head and takes a family member or friend.
My friend is with the Lord and his troubles are over. The rest of us continue on. This is a reminder that we all live under the curse and our days are but a vapor.
This should spur us to reconnect with other friends we have lost touch with.
To evaluate how we are spending our days. Are we chasing temporary trinkets or are we pointing others to Christ through our words and actions?
To risk more in our friendships to form bonds with those that stick closer than a brother.
Paul reminded the Thessalonians and us, “for since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” I will see my brother and friend again. This hope is the light in the midst of grief. Paul also told us we are to grieve differently. We grieve but it is bathed in hope. It hurts but we rejoice because there will be a grand reunion.