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Published by Craig Wagener
What to do when facing loss
What to do when facing loss

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Published by: Craig Wagener on Jun 12, 2009
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Bereaved?`Whatever may be your circumstances, however dark and mysterious may be the waysof Providence, though the path may be through the deep waters, and trials andbereavements may afflict again and again, the assurance still comes, "All thingswork together for good to them that love God." Rom 8:28.’ (2Selected Messages SMp261)`Could your eyes be opened, you would see your heavenly Father bending over you inlove; and could you hear His voice, it would be in tones of compassion to you whoare prostrate with suffering and affliction. Stand fast in His strength; there isrest for you.’ (Heavenly Places HP p272)`God will be nearer and dearer to you than any of your earthly relatives can be.He will be your friend and will never leave you. His friendship will prove sweetpeace to you and will help you to bear your great loss with fortitude.’(2Testimonies p314)`Our fondest hopes are often blighted here. Our loved ones are torn from us bydeath. We close their eyes and clothe them for the tomb, and lay them away fromour sight. But hope bears our spirits up. We are not parted forever, but shallmeet the loved ones who sleep in Jesus. They shall come again from the land of theenemy. The Life-giver is coming. Myriads of holy angels escort Him on His way. Hebursts the bands of death, breaks the fetters of the tomb, the precious captivescome forth in health and immortal beauty.’ (2SM259-260)`God would not have us remain pressed down by sorrow, with sore and breakinghearts. He would have us look up and behold His dear face of love. The blessedSavior stands by many whose eyes are so blinded by tears that they do not discernHim. He longs to clasp our hands, to have us look to Him in simple faith,permitting Him to guide us. His heart is open to our griefs, our sorrows, and ourtrials. He has loved us with an everlasting love and with loving-kindnesscompassed us about. We may keep the heart stayed upon Him and meditate upon Hisloving-kindness all the day. He will lift the soul above the daily sorrow andperplexity, into a realm of peace.’ (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing p12)`We do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve likethe rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again andso we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who areleft till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallenasleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, withthe voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead inChrist will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will becaught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so wewill be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.’(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)`The Lifegiver is coming to break the fetters of the tomb. He is to bring forththe captives and proclaim, "I am the resurrection and the life." There stands therisen host. The last thought was of death and its pangs. The last thoughts theyhad were of the grave and the tomb, but now they proclaim, "O death, where is thystring? O grave, where is thy victory" (1 Cor. 15:55). The pangs of death were thelast things they felt. . . .`When they awake the pain is all gone. "O grave, where is thy victory?" here theystand and the finishing touch of immortality is put upon them and they go up tomeet their Lord in the air. The gates of the city of God swing back upon their

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