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Shalom…Larry Link

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Posted: September 16th, 2014

The scene was so very sad…as I stood before a tiny casket at a graveside service I was conducting for a stillborn baby near a freeway and in the baking August heat. LaVon and I have known the grandparents for over 40 years, and were present when this baby’s father was born more than 35 years ago. At that service was a sense of “history”…a sense of family…and a very real sense of loss. There was, of course, the loss for the parents…for the grandparents…for the siblings of this baby…for other family. There was also a sense of loss for this baby who didn’t ever get to experience the love all of these people would have given him…and they most certainly would have. As a result of the heaviness of the circumstances, there were many tears shed. In this week’s daily reading from Revelation 21, verse 4 is such a comfort as John writes, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more.” What a glorious promise we have as we Christ-followers look to our future! But when we live in this world, those things are still a part of life…a very difficult part. Thank God for his blessings to you this day…shalom.