He had many friends and he invested his life in others tirelessly.
A friend and mentor to one of my sons, died at this time of year awhile back.
His widow recently purchased flowers for the church sanctuary in his memory.
I received a call from the church secretary, telling me that she had asked that I take the flowers home after the Sunday services.
Feeling honored, I did just that.
The arrangement was a beautiful addition to my home for many days.
When some of the flowers began to wilt, I removed the lively ones and placed them into two different vases.
There, they continued to brighten my kitchen for quite some time.
Today was a cloudy day, with soft white light filtered from the sun.
Deciding to take one of the bouquets outside for a photograph, I placed them on the walkway leading to my front door.
My friend’s husband loved the Lord and he loved other people.
I believe he is alive today with Jesus.
How can I know that?
In the Gospel of John, there is the account of a man named Lazarus from a town called Bethany who had two sisters named Mary and Martha.
Jesus was close to all three.
Lazarus became ill and died, so Jesus traveled to their home to see them.
Here are a few verses from that account:
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
As the passage continues, Jesus tells someone to move the stone from the opening of the tomb.
He then calls to Lazarus to come out.
Very much alive again, Lazarus obeys!
My friend believed in Jesus.
Even though he died, he lives.
In fact, it’s as though he never really died, because he went immediately from life here to life in Heaven with Jesus.
I believe this.
Do you believe this?
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