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Sunday, March 23, 2008

His Ways... Day 14... Kathi Colton

Today is the final day for the "His Ways" Journal. Today's devotion... by Kathi Colton is from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14:

"Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."

Today, Kathi shared a very personal story of her grandson's unexpected death. She shared about the happenings and the aftermath in a very revealing way. She said that Joshua's brother reminded her of a very important truth at the hospital shortly after his death... that "Joshua got to see God."

Death is a painful thing. An incredibly painful thing.
But it is also an incredible thing for the Christian. Today is Easter. And that is the best of days for the Christian. Today is the day that Jesus proved that death had no claim on those who trust in Jesus. After 3 days in the tomb, Jesus powerfully came out and showed himself to his disciples. That proof gives us hope that one day soon we will be with him for eternity.

Kathi shared the dream that she had about Joshua's casket being lifted to heaven. That's a dream that we can all share... although probably without the casket. Someday... for those who believe in Jesus Christ and what he did so many years ago on that first Easter morning... we will be raised to new life to worship God forever in eternity. So, while death may still be painful here... it's "sting" is gone. Thankfully...

Jim

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