When my husband died, who was a strong believer in Jesus, I was judged, and criticized over laughing as others were telling stories from his past. He was relieved from his suffering, and no longer held down by his mortal body. I was sad for my loss, and for my son growing up without his father, but I knew he was with Jesus, and I couldn’t be more thankful than I was.
David grieved over the sickness of his child, but as soon as he died, he shook it off because he knew he would see him again. After the child’s death, he understood that no amount of grief or lamenting would bring him back, and that he would go to him when he died. He cleaned himself up, ate, and got on with his life. As followers of Christ, we are not without hope. Those who die that are part of our faith, should not be grieved as those who are not. It’s not wrong to grieve for ourselves over our missing piece, but prolonged grief may show signs that we lack hope. It is up to us to show the world that we are strong in our faith by rejoicing over our loved one’s entry into the realm of Jesus.
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
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