One stormy winter night, people had gathered at the funeral service of an aged minister, who, having suffered much trouble in his life, now rested from his labors.
His hands were peacefully folded, and the suggestion of a smile was on his face.
His life had been a hard one, but it could be seen that all the anxiety, pain, and sorrow were now over.
One of his friends, an old minister with snow-white hair, stood up to pay him tribute.
The storm beating about the church almost drowned out his feeble voice as he began to speak quietly.
God has wiped away all tears from your eyes.
As he spoke, however, new vigor came to him, and, as the wind blew without and snow piled against the windows.
The people listened as he slowly repeated the lines of Tennyson’s immortal poem –
“Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.” - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
He finished, and then, looking down at his dead comrade, spoke his name, and said,
“At last, my dear friend, God has wiped away all tears from your eyes.”
Someone present remembered, “As I listened, in my heart I knew that he spoke the truth. There is an end of tears for us all.” 1
Believers view death in a unique way, because they know that God is eternal. Dying, for them, is changing to a better mode of existence.
Death for the believer results in:
- Rest (2 Thessalonians 1:7),
- Comfort (Luke 16:25),
- Being present with the Lord (Philippians 1:23),
- A joyful resurrection (Isaiah 26:19),
- A crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8), and
- A crown of life (Revelation 2:10).
- Finally, death to the believer is gain (Philippians 1:21).
“You can die with serenity if you live for eternity.” 2
- Norman Vincent Peale, You Can Win, Garden City Books, Garden City, NY, Copyright 1938, p. 34.
- Christian Clippings, March 1998.
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