Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
Am I correct in reading this passage that those who die in the Lord are blessed? Then why have I never heard this passage preached at the funeral of a saint? Do we really, honestly believe/trust/commit/obey/have faith in this promise? Why can't we believe/etc.? That our separation is but for a moment? The Spirit tells us that our loved ones are resting from their labors and by implication, my turn is coming. Pick up where their deeds were and get with the program.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 86
Evening: Psalm 12
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