Grieving friend:

Of course the enemy of our souls wants for you to lose the day in renewed grief. Your emotions will flare up in extraordinarly depressing ways on this day of memory.  Your thoughts may be flooded with regret.  Unlike any other day the gaping hole in your heart feels as it it will burst today. And yet while you’re sadness returns like an unwanted friend, greet him and say “The Lord is my strength.” One day we will be reunited with those we love in an ever present joy. Today we wait and yearn and cry. The Lord is our strength and you’re not forgotten this or any other day.

And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died. 1 Thess 4:13-14 (NLT)

Your Friend,

Ed