Sunday Devotional: The children of God will rise from the dead

Luke 20:27, 34-38

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward.

Jesus said to them,
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called out ‘Lord, ‘
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive.”

The Empty Tomb

Two months ten days ago I lost my husband, whom I have loved since I was 22.

Several years ago, I was told by my guardian angel: “You will miss him when he’s gone.”

I miss him, sorely.

He was my intellectual mentor and my best friend, with whom I shared important beliefs and values — the Christian worldview and morality, and the conservative political ideology.

My loss would be unbearable if I did not believe that though his body is gone, his immortal soul lives and is with God, having received the holy sacrament of the Last Rites before he breathed his last. 

I am familiar with old people, whom I regularly saw, conversed with, and befriended in the assisted living facility where my husband spent his last three years. Most of the elderly in the facility are not Christians. I often wonder how they cope with old age and their impending death without the Christian beliefs that we have souls, which are immortal; that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead; and that we are promised that as His children, we too will rise from the dead.

How utterly unbearable old age and dying must be for the unbeliever . . . .

Wisdom 2:23-24, 3:1,9

God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.
But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,
and they who are in his possession experience it.

But the souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them….
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

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May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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My deepest condolences for your loss. I lost my baby granddaughter 2 years ago and the fact that her parents had baptized her and she was given last rites has given me incredible peace. I also have wondered how folks who do not have a faith and belief in the beatific vision get past the grief. I felt my wee granddaughters spirit leave that day and have always known she is in paradise which gives her parents and myself great peace even amidst the deep grief of losing her. Thank you for your constant and unwavering love for our Lord… Read more »

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Alma
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And with Your Spirit, Amén, and I will be reunited with my Mama and my Papa in the Glory of the Almighty God.

William
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William

My lady and I had been taking care of her brother for the past year and a half but he passed two weeks ago. He suffered greatly. He had always been a stubborn, ungenerous, self-centered man and her other family members wondered how she could be so loving and devoted to him. Hospice arrived about one minute before he died; the woman said she couldn’t do CPR because she didn’t bring a mask so Lisa did it, saying simply, he’s my brother. They tried to bring him back at the ER but he had been down too long. We stayed… Read more »

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Great Insight Dr… The conversation that defined death as either the END or the BEGINNING first started when Christ was in the midst of his ministry and continues forward today. Doubt and fear are 2 of the enemies best tools..We are but merely Human only able to see things that are temporary. Governed by our senses… But to us was given a gift and I do believe that it was a gift….A gracious gift!!!! just as in and of myself I have no good in me. Christ appeared to us a a Savior not because of anything we did but… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Dr Eowyn, I am so profoundly sorry to learn of the loss of your dear husband. I hope that the angels of Heaven lift you up in times of distress. My deepest sympathy be with you.

I too question how people actually make it without the realization of the promise made that we as His children will again abide in his presence.

Michael Garrison
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Michael Garrison

Dear Doc,
We love you!!

Jackie Puppet
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I’m sorry to read of the loss of your husband, Doc; eventually you will be reunited with him, and that is comforting.

Maryaha
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Maryaha

May the Lord bless, keep, and comfort you, Dr. Eowyn. I too understand that loss of someone you love, along with the absolute knowledge that they are in the very presence of our Lord, and we WILL see them again when He calls us home. Then we will all be together forevermore. Peace. 💖

Ziggy
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Ziggy

Eowyn,

I’m so sorry for your loss.
I had no idea that you had been going through this.
I’m at a loss for the right words, but want you to know how loved you are.
I say this as a stranger, but you and your blog have touched me and helped me get through some tough times.
You have spread the word of God to people who might otherwise not have heard it.
Thank you for this beautiful post that reflects Love and Faith- true blessings.

Michael Garrison
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Michael Garrison

When you understand Genesis 6 in its totality, then you know that ALL SOULS were created as SONS OF GOD. God didn’t need the vagina until this earth age, and He chose certain “sons” to become daughters, vagina’s, in order to fulfill this earth age.
When a woman dies, she returns to Heaven as a SON OF GOD. This is why there is no marriage in Heaven. While man believes in gay marriages, Father DOES NOT.

GRIZZ
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GRIZZ

I am so sorry for your loss Doc.
I truly am.
I find comfort in knowing that you know where your love is.
We will all meet one day.
All my love.
GRIZZ

Mistears Mom
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Mistears Mom

Beautiful Sunday devotion. Deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband. I can tell he was very loved.
I too marvel at those who have no faith get by, it is such a blessing.
Life can be unbearable without God.
I pray for those poor souls who do not believe and that they find peace in our Lords grace.

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“Truly I tell you, this day you will be with me in paradise.” “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” “Absent from the body is present with the Lord.” ” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God,… Read more »

operaghost
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operaghost

So very deeply sorry for the physical loss of your beloved husband. <3 Not to be trite, but death is but a doorway whereby one crosses from this world into the world of Spirit and God's holy presence. I am very glad you have the comfort of knowing your husband's acceptance of Jesus's sacrifice for us. May you feel God's love and be given peace and comfort in the coming weeks as you come to terms with the world without him standing at your side.

<3

AvaJ
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AvaJ

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. He is your soulmate and you will be together forever. I lost two of my sons and after that I thought surely I might be spared more loss but then my husband was suddenly taken. I wanted to always go before him. We were married 45 years (I was 18). He has held my hand all through life and was my dearest friend and supported me (held me together) through all the trials of life. Now he is gone two years and I have learned to have to care for myself,… Read more »