My cousin has gone home to be with the Lord yesterday morning.
I did not see Mei often because her family lives in Penang. We saw each other once every few years.
My best memory of her was when she came with us on a church camp. I remember her being very cheerful all the time. She had such a bubbly personality. She had such cute dimples when she smiled.
I heard from my aunty that she continued to be cheerful and encouraging to those around her even when she was going through the pain of her cancer treatment.
I wish I had got to know her better.
Throughout this difficult time, her parents have accepted Christ. She has encouraged some of my other aunties to go to church.
We feel sad, and yes we grief. But at the same time I feel comforted because I know that she has gone to a better place, somewhere where there is no pain or sadness.
Why can I feel comforted at the death of someone?
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.
14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
This is the hope and promise for anyone who believes in Christ.
How wonderful when you’re not afraid of death. When death becomes a victory. When death is the beginning of eternal life.
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