Not too long ago, I posted a link to a talk by Rachel Barkey. She went to be with our Lord yesterday, and a dear friend’s younger sister, Esther, went to Him this morning. Both of these women proclaimed the worth of Christ Jesus in their living and dying. I grieve for their families, and pray that our God is the God of all comfort to them and that they grieve with hope.
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are 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