We are in a new year. We’ve been shouting out “happy new year” to our families, friends, and people we don’t even know. However, I feel a sadness.

In December of 2014, my Dad passed on from cancer. This past November, one of my classmates died of heart and breathing issues. In December of 2015 my Mom passed mostly to old age and after complications from an infection. Then, just a week before Christmas, my boss, who is such a good guy, was informed that his 22-year-old son was found in bed, deceased. Then the world sent a lightning bolt into my life with the news that Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, had passed away at age 65. That’s very close to my age. It could have been me.

But wait, there’s more! I just received an email informing me that my mother-in-law had passed on Thursday evening.

I realize that the older I get, the more this kind of thing will happen; however, it is not easy to take when you know you will not physically ever see them or hear from them again.

I’ve heard people say, under such circumstances “It was their time to go with God. God needs them more than we do. It’s all in God’s plan,” etc. Though there could be some truth in those words, such utterances rarely console the grieving person. My parents and mother-in-law were older, so their deaths were almost expected. But what about my boss’s son; Natalie Cole, and so many others succumbing to an untimely death?

I apologize for such a morbid post on the second day of a brand new year. I am still working on this issue as some of you out there may be also. What is important is that when we are saved by Jesus, we do physically die; however, the real essence of who we are lives on, with Jesus! We feel sad about the worldly disconnect, which is humanly natural. But think of what awaits those who have been saved and how happy and free from pain and suffering they are now. “He’s in a better place,” my boss said about his son. Knowing this can be reassuring and relieving some of our grief. And, as I’ve mentioned before, give it over to Jesus; He experienced abject grief and He knows our grief. He can take the burden from us.

Isaiah 53

King James Bible: 3He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. 4Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for {of} our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. 11He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied; by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.


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