I am thankful that one moment I expect to be in this body and the next, swallowed up by life, as if a huge mouth gulped me down and I find myself gloriously, eternally with my Lord.
Today we go to Deanna Feaver’s memorial service. Lupus took a terrible, painful toll on her earthly body, but God encourages us with assurances like, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven….that mortality may be swallowed up by life…We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:1-8, NKJV).
We rejoice for Deanna’s release from pain and suffering and for her faithful service to the King of kings. As one of my favorite songs says, “When I die, don’t cry for me; in My Father’s arms I’ll be. The wounds this world left on my soul will all be healed and I’ll be whole.” Deanna is healed and whole.
We also pray that God wraps His Almighty comforting arms around her husband, her children and family. We know God will because Jesus Himself said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4, NKJV).