I just learned of the passing of a young man from eternity present to eternity future. He had turned 21 a month ago.
The details of his death are not as important as the loss of his life here. I cannot fully comprehend the depth of grief a mother feels at the death of a child; that path has not been mine to walk as yet. I have learned several truths about grief that I've experienced:
"We do not grieve as those without hope..." (1 Thess. 4:13)
Those who know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord will be with Him in Paradise
"For to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8)
So we are with Him face to face!
God will not waste our grief no matter how deep and how long we grieve.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (2 Cor. 1:3-4)
And that the mystery of this following passage will make sense in a way that it may not yet have:
"Consider it all joy my brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance." (James 1:2-3)
I am still learning the depth of the truths the Apostle Paul conveyed in his letter to the Philippians (for us it's referred to as Phil. 3:8-14)
But for now, I have tears. Momma tears, imagining never getting a hug and kiss from this son again. Imagining the empty chair at the holidays. Grieving as only One can fully comprehend.
"Jesus wept." Shortest verse with greatest depth.