The Life is Not Gone

“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians 15:19

There came a time when the only thing my grandmother remembered was the song “Amazing Grace.” She didn’t remember my name or my face. She didn’t even acknowledge me when I entered the room. But as soon as I started to sing, she would sing along. So much of her seemed gone; that little spark of her still showed through.

I can’t imagine the horror the mom and dad felt when they went to Jesus, their little girl already dead. Desperate for help, they turned to the one who could show them that the life of their little girl was not gone. “The child is not dead, but sleeping,” Jesus said (Mark 5:39). Everyone laughed except those parents. They prayed it was true. “Little girl, get up,” and that life returned.

We don’t often see such dramatic miracles among our loved ones whose minds and bodies show little signs of life. But the Jesus story gives up hope that the life that was there is not lost. We may only see little glimpses of it now, but in the loving presence of God, that life is still there. “…’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”

Love in Christ,


2 thoughts on “The Life is Not Gone

  1. Hi Greg, these words are much needed this morning. Our faith community has just lost a very young, vibrant youth pastor who was so loved. He was gifted, joyous and a blessing to so many. He was in my Sunday School class as a boy. We are covered with grief, yet remembering that his life goes on, he will spend eternity with God.

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