My Grandparents Cemetery overlooked by Benarty Hill.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep 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 not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NASB)

Today I have been reminded of just how sad humanist funerals are. These non-Christian services celebrate the life lived by the deceased and are a chance to say farewell; a form of grief management based on fleeting memories, which through time fade. There is usually mention of an easy rest for the departed, a type of heaven maybe.

In contrast, I am reminded of my grandparents on my mother’s side who were believers in Jesus. Both of their funerals were a mixture of sadness at our loss but joy at the departed souls new abode in Heaven. They lived their lives in service of God, believing every word of His Holy Scriptures such as is shared above. In their latter years grandad and grandmother looked forward to their “Promotion to Glory” in hope; bading each other goodnight at bedtime with the line “I will see you in the morning!” Either they would see each other in the next day light or by the glorious light of the Lord’s presence. What a beautiful assurance they lived their earthly lives by, and are realising now in Heaven’s glory.

Dear reader, are you living in the assurance of knowing Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, that someday you will meet Him face to face? A day will come (soon) when He will return from Heaven, to reclaim the bodies of those believers in their graves. Often as I visit my grandparent’s grave I look over the Benarty Hill and imagine their rapture as their Lord reclaims them in the air above the village. What a glorious day that will be!

25 thoughts on ““I Will See You In The Morning”

  1. Thank you very much for sharing such a soothing message for the mortal men.It is truly gratifying to know that even though we will all die but will rise again in the glory of God to praise him incessantly with all our pious dear ones in heaven.God bless.Take care.πŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΉ

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      1. I really don’t either, because I won’t be there, but I want others to know where I’ve gone, and celebrate it. because it might be one last chance I get to win someone over to Christ.

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  2. As a pastor, one of the hardest things about it was doing funerals for non-believers. I will never forget one in particular. At the time I was also serving as a substitute chaplain for the local police department. They called one morning and told me that an elderly lady in town had passed and the family wasn’t religious but needed someone to do the service and they asked if I would do it. Of course, I said yes. I went to visit the family and it was so sad when I asked about the lady’s life. There was dead silence for probably 30 seconds, and then one of the grown daughter’s said, “She loved her doll collection.” That was it – nothing more. I couldn’t help but think, “What a sad and empty life people must have without Jesus.” On the other hand, funerals for believers were, dare I say, a joy in spite of the sadness. Thanks for the wonderful line about “I’ll see you in the morning!” I think I’ll start to add that to my daily routine with my wife.

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  3. Thank you Alan. Post and music affirmation of our eternity. I hope my funeral is a simple thank You to the Lord for His Sacrifice to make ETERNITY my Home . I have asked for the simplest pine box and all who desire to paste or put butterflies on it. Children and friends. NEW LIFE in CHRIST. I won’t be in the box but respect as it is cremated and perhaps ashes to help a rose garden find new life also. I said to my beloved daughter on the sad day of her final breath. We will see you in the morning.
    Loss and grief are with us but HOPE and His LOVE sustains all who BELIEVE and follow the Saviour.

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    1. Thank you for sharing such beautiful wisdom Faye. That morning πŸŒ„ when we meet Him and our loved ones will be a glorious day, bathed in God’s sweet presence. Let us hold firmly to that reality in these dark days. God bless you sister.

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  4. I’ve also been to both Christian and non Christian funerals and there is a marked difference. Sadly I can hardly wait to get away when at a non Christian funeral. The atmosphere feels.. dead and heavy. But I can always sense God’s Spirit, joy, and hope at Christian funerals and I want to stay for as long as it lasts because I feel quite at home. πŸ’œ

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