There is somberness today as my children grieve with their friends. It is a different kind of grief than what you experience when you lose someone close to you. You hurt because your friend hurts. You look for ways to ease their pain. The pain is easier to bear when the deceased served the Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 14:13, “Then I heard further [perceiving, the distinct words of] a voice from heaven, saying, Write this: Blessed (happy, to be envied) are the dead from now on who die in the Lord! Yes, blessed (happy, to be envied indeed), says the Spirit, [in] that they may rest from their labors, for their works (deeds) do follow (attend, accompany) them!”
- Ashley is blessed.
- Ashley is happy.
- Ashley is to be envied indeed.
- Ashley is resting from her labor.
- Ashley’s works followed her to heaven.
- Ashley’s deeds accompanied her.
Our only hope is in the Lord.