When a loved one dies, we think back on their life, on all they accomplished. And on the things they did not yet accomplish.
Philippians 1:6 is a beautiful verse. A promise. The work that God began in your loved one’s life is not yet complete. He will bring it to completion at the Day of Christ.
I take great comfort in this truth.
My son accomplished many things in his twenty plus years. And yet he died way too soon for my liking. I know every one of his days was written in God’s Book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139) But I would like for there to have been more days written in that book.
My mom was an unhappy woman, filled with bitterness and regret. She was saved on the day she died. I would like to have had time to talk with her about many things. To have heard her say she was sorry. To have told her I forgave her long ago.
Rarely a week goes by that I don’t wish I could pick up the phone and call my dad. Or my sweet mother-in-law. They were both wise in their own ways. I miss them. I wish I could once again spend weekends driving to Oklahoma City to my parents or to Sterling to see my in-laws.
I love these people and many more whose earthly lives have ended.
I also see their legacies continue in the lives of family and friends.
My sons learned how to be good men from both their grandfathers. My kids all love to read in part because Grandma Duncan read to them The Pokey Little Puppy. (Rita also taught hundreds of other children to read during her thirty plus years of teaching first grade.) My kids saw me honor my mother and forgive her even in her sickness and anger. My children are better people because of their grandparents.
Andrew touched many lives in ways I cannot express. I know of more than one young man pursuing his passions and dreams because they saw Andrew do just that. His kindness and the way he treated the women in his life have helped young women set higher standards regarding how they will allow themselves to be treated by men.
I write this blog in part because of the influence these people had in my life.
Yes, their lives on earth are finished, but the work God began in them is not. That work continues in the lives of those they influenced.
God is faithful and just. He is able. He keeps His promises. He is still using their lives to reach people, to draw people to Himself.
Dear friend, your loved one may no longer live on earth, but no matter if they lived only in their mother’s womb, never to take a breath outside it, or they lived to be ninety, the work God began in them is not yet finished.
He will bring it to completion at the Day of Jesus Christ, at the Day of His Return. What a glorious day that will be!