But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.
One of the greatest comforts of our faith is the coming reunion with loved ones: those who left us to live with the Father. The hope of seeing them again soothes us.
We know our sadness is temporary, and the emptiness of our days and nights will be eased by the Presence of the Lord. He enters our grief and weeps in our pain.
How can we help our friends in their losses? Sometimes, we don't know what to do or say, so we end up doing nothing at all. Recall some lessons from the Book of Job:
* Job's friends did well when they went to see him and kept him company-- saying nothing.
* But after awhile, they couldn't resist speculating about what Job did wrong, adding their insults to his injuries.
* We do well for our friends who are grieving, when we enter their mourning quietly.
* The sweet simplicity of our presence is like shouldering a share of the load-- in the unbearable weight of their woe.
* At the same time, hope flows from us to them: a supernatural confirmation that God is good and always keeps His Word.
* Beyond death's doorway stands the King of kings. With Him are loved ones who passed before us.
* In the greatest family reunion (beyond anything we can imagine), are our cherished kin, with arms extended.
* Passing along this hope given by God to others on earth while we're still present... is our blessed responsibility.
## Hope: Comforts & Consoles The Brethren (Part 37)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.