We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For we say this to you by a word from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are still alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
I’ve had a bittersweet love song in my head for a while now. Its chorus goes: “It’s knowing that this can’t go on forever, Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone. Maybe we’ll get forty years together, But one day I’ll be gone, Or one day you’ll be gone.”
I’ve seen the video where the writer, Jason Isbell, and his wife sing it, looking at one another and loving each other for as long as they can.
It’s beautiful and sad.
But it brings to mind a deep truth.
“Encourage one another with these words.” We do not grieve like those with no hope. We have hope. We have a hope that lives. We know that this life is not the end.
It’s pretty obvious to me that we’ll be able to love each other in heaven for eternity with our God. It seems that marriage relationships will change, but we’ll still be able to love.
So, even though it’s Valentine’s Day, love can seem so temporary. Even a 40-year love can go by in a flash. But we have the hope and expectation that love will go on and on. Our God is love, and He has made eternity for us to be with Him.
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