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Sunday, March 21, 2010 

In Times of Death, Christians Should be Sadder/More Hopeful Than Anyone Else

God has not chosen to remove us from this world where death is a daily reality. For our good and for his glory, he has chosen to have us remain where grief will touch us all. But believers grieve in a way different from those who do not know the Lord.

In times of death, Christians should be sadder than anyone else. We know how sin brought death into the world. We mourn not only for the loved one we have lost, but also for the fact that death continues to destroy. We live in a place where something that was never meant to be has become a common experience. We know how wonderful life on earth could have been.

Yet we should also be the most hopeful of any who mourn. God brings the best things out of the worst. Even in the darkest moments, we are never alone. The death and resurrection of Christ stand as a sure and reliable promise that someday death will die.

God doesn’t call you to stifle your grief or put on a happy face when you are crushed. He doesn’t expect you to hide behind religious clichés and theological platitudes. God approves of your tears! But he welcomes you to look at death through the eyes of Christ. The comfort and hope he provides does not remove your grief, but they allow you to grieve in a brand new way. And he promises one day to take you to a place where you will never cry again.

- Paul David Tripp, Grief: Finding Hope Again

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