By Pastor Mark Jordan
“I will explain a mystery to you. Not every one of us will die, but we will all be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51, CEV)
Today’s verse is one I’ve read at graveside funeral services for decades. I thought I knew what it meant. I know it far differently and deeply now, which points to a change in the way I am called to live.
A few weeks ago, I read an article about how a part of us dies when a loved one passes away. I get it. What I’m learning to live with now is how I changed as a result of Mia’s death. I am different, and what feels weird is I am yet to discover just how much I changed. This is part of a new life journey I am embarking upon — unwanted as it may be — but the change in me doesn’t change God’s plan for me. In fact, it is now part of God’s story, which must be proclaimed. That is my life’s purpose.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26, ESV). He followed that statement with a question, “Do you believe this?” I do, and now in a much different way than I believed it previously. Though a part of me died when Mia passed away, my faith In Christ gives me the resurrection power to live every day anew, and help others see there is always hope.
Do you believe this? I pray so.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving me resurrecting power for new life, even when a piece of me is gone. I believe this, and know with that faith comes the responsibility to share it with others. Help me, please, even when it’s hard. I ask this in the holy and living name of Jesus. Amen.