LIFE AFTER DEATH
July 25, 2021
Life After Death:
living and finding life through grief
2 Corinthians 1:9
Death of a loved one could feel like receiving the death sentence itself. How could we live and find life after the death of a dearly loved one?
The myriad dimensions of loss
Losses other than death, that could also cause deep sorrow:
Secondary losses and the loss of a future
Mourning our way from death to life
Mourning is acknowledging and expressing the entire breadth of sorrow
God’s own word will be our voice when we are voiceless in our weeping
The Bible begins and ends with rejoicing, but much sorrow, weeping, and lamenting are evident in between the bookends.
Revelation 21:4 Certain sorrow may never heal completely; our weeping may continue and our tears may not stop rolling until Jesus Himself wipes it for us, for one last time when we finally meet him.
Mourning is remembering
It is a mystery, but the memory of the deceased becomes a source of great comfort and healing
Healing comes not from forgetting the deceased, but from remembering them that:
- We can be at peace with the loss
- We can remember with love and gratitude, and not pain
- We can integrate the memory of the deceased, and the loss, into who you are going to be as you live and rebuild life again
Mourning is rebuilding a new life
There is no way of returning to “normal”
You could wear prosthetic, but as you walk into the future, you are constantly reminded of what you have lost, and the stronger person you are becoming as you rely on God’s daily provision and grace
The church as the supporting cast for broken people
Grieve, but with hope!
1 Thessalonians 4:13
We are not alone
A hopeful future
It is the one thing that stops us from being consumed by our pain and sorrow. It is his unfailing, faithfulness compassion, grace, even as we have to take a dip into the vast of the ocean of his mercy everyday just live one day at a time.
Life after death
One of the reasons we fear loss so much is because we have been loved so much. We fear the loss of something beautiful because it is beautiful and it is painful to lose it. Our mourning of loss is the evidence that God had graced us to experience that beauty in the first place.
The finitude of it all points to an even greater love that is infinite. One that is lasting and ever satisfying. Love that will never be taken away from us.
While for the sake of love we fear death, for the sake of love God embraced death. Jesus embraced death, so there can be be life after death. So we can have life, after his death. This is the greatest love and this love shall never depart from us. It is this love that will carry us through sorrow and grieving. It is this love that will guarantee for us, life after death.
Highly Recommended Resources
- Billings, Todd. Rejoicing in Lament
- Bowler, Kate. Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I’ve Loved
- Gawande, Atul. Being Mortal
- Sittser, Jerry. A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss
- Smith, Colin. For All Who Grieve
- Davidson, Adnrew. Care for the Dying
- Devine, Megan. It’s Ok that You’re Not Ok
- Kelley, Melissa M. Grief
- Mitchell, Kenneth. All Our Losses, All Our Griefs
- Wright, Norman. Helping Those in Grief