We were sitting down at dinner this evening when the phone rang...my father-in-law calling to let us know that our brother-in-law (husband of my wife's older sister) had passed away suddenly this afternoon. This came as my wife was filling me in on the plans for the memorial service this coming Friday for one of the ladies from our congregation. We've also recently had another memorial service for another elder, and it was the same day as the funeral for a Salvation Army officer my wife's family worked with when she was younger.

I am just feeling a bit overwhelmed...keep both our family and our congregation (less than 100 members...and now two fewer than a month ago) in your prayers...

Thanks--Dan

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Comment by Junjie on October 21, 2009 at 7:22am
Just trying to imagine how God himself feels about all this, since he calls death his enemy... Still praying for you, Dan!
Comment by Dan Camp on October 21, 2009 at 3:38pm
In this morning's devotional: 1 Thess 4:13-14
13 And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died.
NLT

I am encouraged that we'll see him again in eternity, as I know we will with most of the others whose deaths have touched our lives in the last few weeks...it is a matter of processing so many griefs in a fairly short time that is hard...
Comment by Daniel Lyle on October 24, 2009 at 4:30am
"I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier...he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow." -Paul, Phil 3

Its interesting that in the middle of writing a book about joy of a Christ centered life Paul mentions the potential death of Epaphroditus. If God would have choose to hold his mercy in this situation and Epaphroditus had died then Paul would have endured "sorrow upon sorrow." But I think he would still be joyful because as you pointed out we are not without hope. We experience a lot of temporal hardship in this world and there is nothing wrong with morning... Just morn in hope.
Comment by Lori Gates on November 6, 2009 at 9:02pm
Ah, my heart is with you. We lost 5 family members in less than 2 years and I understand the loss upon loss. It is hard to separate the grief, even, when they come so quickly. Just know that even in the darkness and the deepest part of the pit, Jesus sits with you, loving and caring for you. God cradles us in the palm of His hand when we have no energy for even crying because we are in shock of the loss around us. Even within this, we are joyful in our heart. This is not strange, and it may seem foreign, but it is real. The eternal hope and strength we receive when we worship and pray sustain us through the tough times, reflecting the love and nature of Christ to those who watch us as we mourn and pray and rejoice in sharing the eternal hope that is ours. For me, it is the tightrope walking in front of others that is so difficult. In the midst of our pain, others are still looking at our life and actions to see how a Christian should be...my prayers and thoughts are with you. God's blessings and mercy be upon you and your family.

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