Death, be not Proud

Good Grief! What a week!

Sometimes it seems my empathizer/sympathizer works too well. But before you pat me on the back, or think I am tooting my own own, the reality is probably that I have a little bit of PTSD from receiving shockingly painful bad news myself.

It’s amazing how someone else’s loss can affect you. Whether you only know the person through the internet, like John Dobbs or not personally at all, like the Chapman family.

Jersey hasn’t been spared grief either in recent days. Soon after or before hearing the sad news about John’s son, I got an email from a local preacher about a brother I know whose nephew was shot in some random violence.

Yesterday, one our own elderly brothers from church took a turn for a worse. He is 85-86 and broke his hip a week ago. The last year has been difficult for him. I and another brother from church spent a couple of hours at the hospital last night with him and the family (who are not members at Echo Lake). I got to pray with the brother, but wanted to say goodbye but he was sleeping when I left. He died at 2 a.m. this morning.

While there, we heard that the dying brother’s physical brother just found out that his own grand-daughter died in a car accident in Venezuela. The brother from church who was at the hospital got bad news last night that his own brother and cousin died in a car accident in Tennessee.

When will it end? It won’t, of course, till this last evil enemy is defeated. We don’t enjoy all the benefits of Christ’s victory over death yet. Sure, it makes things easier for the believer, but don’t fool yourself and say it makes things easy. At this point, I almost dread answering the phone.

Death is still a powerful enemy. A dreaded enemy. It still hurts. No matter how young or how old.

At least one funeral is today. (If you read this in time, say a prayer between 11 and noon central time for the Dobbs family) And there will be a somber graduation ceremony in Mississippi tonight. Many more funerals to come. Pray without ceasing.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

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3 thoughts on “Death, be not Proud

  1. It HAS been a rough week. And just yesterday I read in the Christian Chronicle that little Ethan Powell passed away early last month (16 months old, http://tinyurl.com/4hfjo9). It happened a month ago, but I got the news between word of brother Dobb’s son and the youngest daughter of Chapman.

    Death will be overcome. Jesus has already begun the work of new creation. It can’t be stopped.

  2. Oh, you poor thing with all that awful news! It has been a hard week for so many. We’ve been praying overtime, it seems. I wish it wasn’t so difficult to face life here on earth after a loved one has passed on.

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