Nov 8th 2021 · Day 312
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As I write this note, it is at a time when my mum has just passed away. She was ill for many years with dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, plus other health issues. It was sad to watch her slip away, inch by inch. Dementia robs you of the person you knew, years before they actually die.
But the last time I saw her, when I knew she was dying, she recognised me – which she hadn’t before. We sang a hymn together, we read the Bible, we prayed. She knew Jesus. That’s why I know today that while it is tremendously sad, the fact is, my mother is more alive than she has ever been, because she is with Jesus.
John 11 has that powerful statement by Jesus: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die’ (vv. 25-26). What a promise!
It’s because of this promise, the promise I read out to my mum the last time I saw her, that anyone who knows Jesus understands that death doesn’t have the final say. No.
The sisters doubt Jesus’ integrity in this story – that’s clear. They know that their brother wouldn’t have got sick and died if Jesus had shown up on time. Why did He delay? Well – there was a greater miracle coming. He was going to show His power over death itself.
Losing a loved one is hard. But because of Jesus, we don’t have to despair.
John 11:26 tells us of a question that Jesus poses. ‘Do you believe this?’
Well… do you?
Pause and reflect: Do you know anyone who is grieving? Pray for them now. Perhaps it is you. Can you ask someone to stand with you through your grief?
Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
potential. She is passionate about pursuing God and helping others meet with Jesus.
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