Comfort For The Grieving
By Steve Popoola
The loss of a loved one can leave one numb, shocked and with many questions without answers.
Within the last one week, I have had my routine severely disturbed by the news of the death of two dear friends. These were not deaths, which occurred after periods of illness. They came suddenly and abruptly leaving shock, tears and mourning in their wake.
While we were reeling from the death of our friend and unborn baby, the news of the plane crash which occurred in Lagos, Nigeria yesterday, killing all 153 people on board, hit us. When the manifest of passengers was released, we found out one of our friends was on board the ill-fated flight and everything went dark again.
Many in Nigeria are struggling to come to terms with this terrible incident. Tears are streaming, questions are being asked and answers demanded.
As we mourn the deaths of these people, we can only draw strength and comfort from the Lord who is the only one who has the answers to all out unanswered questions.
Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the 153 victims of the Dana Airline Flight 9J-992 which crashed on Sunday June 3, 2012.
“For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. “ (1 Thess 4: 14 – 17)
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the owner of Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He lives in London where he works as an IT professional. He serves in the ministerial team of his local church as well as in the music ministry. He is the Moderator/Editor of Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, firstname.lastname@example.org