Daily Golden Verse
|When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.|
|Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.|
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The dictionary defines grief as "a keen, mental suffering, or distress over loss." Philosophy teacher Nick Wolterstorff states that suffering occurs "when something prized or loved is ripped away or never granted."
None of us escapes suffering; all will know the grief of loss.
Yet there are degrees of grief. Some people experience a grief that’s intense, almost too much to endure. For others, grief is more like a nagging presence, a spoiler.
The Bible does not deny that there is much heartbreak; nor does it forbid us a sad face as though tears were a betrayal of faith. But it does warn against despair, the settled conviction that all will come to a bad end. The Scriptures dare to speak of hope even in the face of death.
There are many reasons for gathering for worship on Sunday -- some better than others. As we gather today, let’s do so in the desire to honor God and renew our trust in the Lord. Only in God can we be seized by the hope mentioned in our Scripture reading for today. This is a hope that believes, despite all devastating evidence to the contrary, that Jesus will one day restore every inch of this planet to live with us and reunite us with our loved ones.
When we are ignorant of this hope, grief wins.
Dear God, sooner or later we all experience death firsthand. Give us the sure hope that in Christ those who die are alive forevermore. In his name we pray. Amen.
我们在星期日聚集一起敬拜神，是有很多原因的 —— 虽然原因也有优劣之别。今天，当我们聚集在一起时，让我们持着一颗尊崇神的心，并且重新坚定我们对主的信靠。惟有在神那里，我们才能抓紧今天这段经文提到的盼望。纵然面对压倒性的不利证据，因着盼望我们仍然相信，有一天耶稣将会重建地球每一个角落，祂与我们一起同住，并且让我们与所爱的人重聚。