"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is strong as death, its jealously unyielding as the grave. It burns like
blazing fire, like a mighty flame."
(SONG OF SOLOMON 8:6)
If we lose a loved one, it can be comforting to know he or she is enjoying eternal life and worshipping God (or that, in God’s providence, he or she was saved at the last moment). But once we feel content about our loved one’s well-being, we can’t help but ask, What about us? How are we to go on? Are we now completely alone?
God’s love letter to us in His Word gives us hope. In Ephesians, God tells husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church and died for her. But when husbands can’t follow this to the letter and die to save their wives, they can take comfort in Christ’s work in His death and resurrection. Christ is the better spouse, parent, and friend than any of us can ever be. His love burns like a building raging with fire.
And for us left behind, we pray that God would help us embrace our pilgrim identity, and through our earthly tears, we can look to a future heavenly reality. One day we will be in the presence of Jesus, rejoicing with all the saints who’ve gone before us!
WE CAN TRUST THAT OUR LOVE FOR OUR LOST LOVED ONE AND FOR CHRIST WILL BE MADE PERFECT IN HEAVEN.