Grief AND Joy

Harry Durgin Facebook

My loving, generous big brother died recently.

We’re grieving, of course, with our loss of beloved Tom/Dad/GP.

But, Tom/Dad/GP is and was in Christ–a believer, a Christian, a Christ-follower–and he isn’t “lost,” he is in heaven.

As a Christian, to be absent from the body means he is at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:6)

And Christians are promised a reunion with other Christians. We did not have “the final goodbye.” We’ll see him again. (e.g. 1 Thessalonians 4:14, 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1)

In the meantime, we’ll grieve, but we don’t grieve as the unbelievers do. We know Tom/Dad/GP is blissfully in eternity. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

We are comforted by God’s Word.

Thank You!


Father, thank You that Tom/Dad/GP is with You. Thank You that Christ has presented Tom/Dad/GP to You holy, blameless, and beyond reproach. Thank You for Your promises to all of us who believe. Help us comfort one another.

Please help us more diligently pray for those who do not know Your Son, who haven’t repented and put their trust in Him. Their grief is eternal; their goodbyes final.