The body, the casket of this immortal jewel, is left for a season to the dishonors of the tomb. But it is only for a brief ‘night-watch.’ That dust is precious, because redeemed. Body as well as soul was purchased by the life-blood of Immanuel.
~George S. McGuinness, The Bow In the Cloud,
I have to pass the church cemetery where my son’s body waits every time I leave my home since it’s right down the road.
I always remind myself that he is facing east,
waiting for the trumpet,
and will rise, whole, healed and joy-filled.
If you know that this is not the only world, the only body, the only life — that one day you will have a perfect life — you will be able to persevere through any type of adversity. There is hope on the other side, and there will be calm after the storm.
Paul writes: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:16-18).”
The resurrection gives us hope. It confirms that this life isn’t the end of our story
~Dave Furman, Kiss the Wave