It is easy to stare at death and see no hope. It is so final. Yet Paul tells the Thessalonians
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.… For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise…. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We do not look back at our deeds or at death to see hope. Rather we look forward to the promise that when Jesus comes again, all who die in Christ will rise again, in their body to eternal life with Him.
These Seeds of Faith have been sown by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, NE. I’m Pastor Allen Strawn.