- REBEKAH BLACKWOLF-MITCHELL
Blackburn South, Victoria
While at a funeral the other day, I found myself spiritually confronted.
Where is God in our grief if He is so busy everywhere else? Is anyone's grief worth more attention than others?
When an elderly man's life-long companion and wife passes away, is Jesus there still or is this considered less important than a parent praying for a sickly newborn, or a youth in hospital?
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"I told the one left grieving that there is no end of time. Because of God time is eternal. Love will be eternal."
Truth is Jesus is omnipresent, God is omnipresent. I have to believe this, as I told a dear relative that he would see his loved one again.
Is there an "end of time", the one we will forever love our loved ones for? I heard it said recently that love of one for the other whom had departed would last until the end of time. Instantly I felt this was wrong, although said in fondness. I told the one left grieving that there is no end of time. Because of God time is eternal. Love will be eternal.
Jack and Joyce met when they were seven-years-old.
Living in Farm Street, Williamstown (Newport), Victoria, they helped formed the "Farm Street" gang of kids.
As the kids grew up and became teenagers, moving away to jobs, Joyce and Jack also found work but kept in contact forming a deeper bond that would see them married for 67 years.
Recently I watched Jack standing behind the car that held Joyce's coffin and I felt a profound sense of injustice for a moment.
Not anger, but the feeling that the woman laying inside that car was Jack's and they couldn't just drive away with her.
It was only a moment's heartfelt emotion that she shouldn't be there, she should be standing next to him watching the coffin leave. That they were taking his Joyce away.
For a moment I found myself a little disappointed in God's lack of intervention to not have awoken this wonderful woman and return her to her man.
Their daughter, Lyn, too crying as she walked with her father, and her brother Gary.
Jack standing with tears in his eyes, shoulders slumped. The final parting as Joyce's mortal body was driven away to her final earthly resting place.
I found that sadness was not for Joyce herself but for her husband, her soul mate. My tears were for his loss.
A life time together, from youth to the end of life's journey. Through kids and grandkids.
Richly beautiful and so full of love and history.
I know where Joyce is, who has her now and whom is taking care of her.
I know that God holds very sacred and precious to Him such enduring and loyal love.
I was able to tell Jack about this, that there is no end of time and he will be reunited with Joyce. God does not separate this love, He immortalises it.
Jack is a man whom is handsome and friendly and sharp minded for his years. He is intelligent and humble.
Joyce was on earth a beautiful, funny, generous and selfless person whom was moulded to Jack, her husband, and they worked perfectly together.
My prayers are directed to You, Lord Jesus. That Your Father is exactly whom You say He is.
As love and life like what Joyce and Jack shared must be preserved for time eternal, and Jehovah God is the only one whom can do this.
"For everyone whom has suffered loss, for everyone facing the loss of a loved one I ask, if not beg (and demand even - sorry for being rude), that You, Jesus, have a word to your Dad and see that what I promised Jack is true."
For everyone whom has suffered loss, for everyone facing the loss of a loved one I ask, if not beg (and demand even - sorry for being rude), that You, Jesus, have a word to your Dad and see that what I promised Jack is true.
That he will see Joyce again.
That everyone feeling the same bittersweet desire to hold someone they have lost do get to again because of You and Your Father's promise.
Thank You Jesus and Jehovah God, and forgive my doubts.
Be close to Jack now and others whom have been, still are or may soon to be going on this same journey of saying goodbye.
Please be whom the Bible teaches You are because Jesus this will be the most amazingly exciting gift after our mortal time passes.
To reunite love, heal all sickness and make regrets vanish is such an amazing gift and so many of us desperately want this to be true. Amen.
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