Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Cor 13:11)
Although today's verse is not a common one to read at funerals, it is, nonetheless, one that conveys a message of hope to those who are left behind. In the span of time that becomes "their" lives, we are left only with only memories and the opportunity to reflect on the life led by one individual. As I sat with good friends yesterday, I listened to their reflections and their stories through laughter and tears. There is probably only one loss in life greater than losing a mother - that is the loss of losing a child. Yesterday I witnessed both in the same room.
God gives us our loved ones for only a short time (in comparison to eternity, that is). In that time, He commands us to love one another, guide and strengthen one another, and to have faith in His plan for each of us. Jean was no exception to that command, and she lived it well. She fought what is known as "the good fight" - as cancer took her last breath from her.
Just as our heavenly Father watched over Jean throughout her entire life, he constantly watches over each and every one of us - without blinking an eye. He offers us peace through His Word and the opportunity to once again be reunited with our loves ones in His Kingdom. He hears us when we speak to Him - He is always listening.
Do not be discouraged..."rejoice, be made complete, be comforted". One day we will all stand before His throne. One day we will be new and we will live forever in His presence. It is not "good-bye"...