Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 15:51,52: “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
I thought these verses were appropriate today since three remarkable people I dearly loved recently went to be with the Lord. Four weeks ago, Bettie Veliky died. She was 96 years old when she went to be with the Lord. She was a joy to be around. This week, two more people that I dearly loved died. The first was Pastor Plvan, age 94, who died Wednesday morning. He had served the congregation I am presently serving, Saint John the Baptist in Emporia, VA. The second was Benny, age 89, a lifetime member of Nazareth Lutheran in Hopewell, VA, who died last night. I met him when I was serving the congregation several years ago. All these people lived as godly people, giving glory to God.
So, while I mourn their death, I rejoice in knowing that when Jesus comes back to this earth, they, as will all people who believed in Jesus as their Savior, will be raised to eternal life with God. I will see them again, and I thank God for that.
Heavenly Father, we look forward to what you have prepared for us – your house with many rooms. We look forward to seeing those who have gone before with joy and happiness beyond measure. We look forward to this because of you, Lord Jesus; your salvation won for us on the cross. See you soon. Amen.