Sunday, December 13, 2015 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1-2 

If you have ever had a death in your family, you have had to experience how hard holidays can be, because you are reminded that that person is no longer here to celebrate with you. Seven months ago today, I lost my grandfather, due to a long battle with various health complications. After being in the hospital for a few days, he went to be with the Lord, as his wife, two kids, and a prayer bear, sat by his side.

That day, when I got into my car after school, I received a text from my mom telling me to come home instead of going to church for prayer group as I had planned. When I arrived home and heard that he had passed away, being somewhat in shock, I drove to church–the place where we had gotten the prayer bear a couple months back, to take to my grandpa for his comfort. I also went to prayer group–where it quickly sunk in that the grandfather who was always buying me stuffed animals and secretly eating dessert before dinner with me, was gone.

I know Christ had a place prepared for my grandfather in heaven. I know he’s up there with the Lord right now, safe, healthy, and happy: all things he was not, while he was fighting for his life down here on earth. We know it is sad and confusing when we lose someone we love, but we also need to know, that like Jesus, our loved ones who pass away do not want us to be troubled by their death–they want us to remember all the happy times we had together, because there were so many. We need to remember that the people we love who have passed away, get to be in Paradise with Jesus, our Savior, forever. They’re peacefully watching over us now, from the place which Christ prepared just for them. That is something to celebrate, not to be troubled by.

Ashley Oliver

Prayer: Lord, Thank you for preparing a place for us in heaven. Thank you for your eternal love, and the hope and comfort you provide us in times of sadness. Amen.