today, we remember

Life is eternal and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”–Rossiter Worthington Raymond

IMG_8645I have remembered those words for a year now; words my brother posted on his Facebook page just days after he and his wife lost their healthy, full-term baby girl at delivery.

Today she would have been one year old—my first niece.  She should have been crawling, laughing, smiling, maybe even walking and talking by now.  Spud should have a playmate 8 months his junior.

IMG_8648Instead there was a phone call in the middle of the night.  The shock,  telling our kids.  The rush to the hospital to be able to hold her before they took her away for the last time.

The ache makes us remember every day.  And yet, our ache, is nothing compared to theirs.  Yes, thankfully, there has been light in the midst of bitterness, but it does not change the fact that where there is now one little girl, there should be two.

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So today as they are remembering especially strong, I ask that you remember them.  And, if you are remembering a someone you have lost, remember this:

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

                   1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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