In the middle of victory and exaltation comes the sting of death. God’s word is true. Our days are numbered. The grass withers, and the flower fades. So, too, do we in these mortal bodies.

Everyone is BUSY! We are living LIFE! It’s the most hectic time of the year. We want death to be convenient, but it never is. The phone call comes in the middle of triumph and energy.

My dear husband’s mother is in her final days. The corner has been turned. We thought we had more time. I’ve been scurrying to get there before the corner. I was prepping for my opportunity to care for her. I didn’t make it. My heart is crushed. I planned to drag my computer down there and put the final touches on the manuscript while she slept. It will not happen now.

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Death’s march will soon be triumphant.

Though the triumph is short lived, and death has been swallowed up because of Christ’s resurrection, death still packs a wallop of a sting. It will hurt and stab until Christ’s return.

No time for the final words. No time for final reconciliations. No time for more love to be expressed. No time now for anything but grieving and longing and wanting a few more days.

We are believers. We will see her smiling and whole, cognizant of who we are, radiant and lovely again with all trace of cancer erased. All will be healed. To this we cling, yielding the timetable to the God and Savior who planned and numbered her days before there was even one. His assurance that he is in control is the only way I’m putting one foot in front of another. His supporting arms hold me.

What would we do without Christ? What a marvelous Savior we have! He died and rose to kill death for us!

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“When the perishable has been clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55 NIV).

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Do you praise Jesus today for his triumph over death? Are you longing for the day when there is no more sting?


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