I have not sat by the bedside as someone has passed away. I have not held their hand as the gasp of death escapes their lips. Those who have have told me that it's something you never forget. I have talked with people who have been close to death though. I have visited people in the hospital just hours before they have passed away. I've seen the paleness of death creep into the complexion of the living. And I have experienced death on a more personal level as close friends and loved ones have been torn from this earth by auto accidents or an unresolved disappearance. Whatever the reason, death always comes too fast. Like the country song says, "It's always too soon / It's always too fast / There'll never come a day / That you don't want 'em back."

No matter how hard it is though, as Christians, we have hope. Paul tells us in his letter to the Corinthians, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:51-53). No matter how fast death comes, the resurrection will be even faster. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we will be changed and the dead will be raised. This is the glorious truth that we embrace. This weekend as we continue our prophecy series in the Parsons area, we will be tackling questions like hell and what happens when you die. Pray that God brings the people to the meetings who need to hear the hope that we have in Christ.

Longing for the resurrection,

Pastor Sutherland

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