Colossians, Devotional, New Testament

Grace and peace to you, in times of mourning (Colossians 1:1-2)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

Colossians 1:1-2 NIV Bible Gateway

This was a greeting from Paul to the church of Colossae, and today, it became a comforting message to us. Our church just lost a beloved sister to a heart attack last night. Such a sudden passing put us in so much distress and disbelief. So many of us went to bed with troubled hearts. “Grace and peace to you from God our Father” – a promise from the Father to His children and a promise that was much needed this morning.

Thanks to the Lord for giving us His peace and comfort through His church and prayer. While our hearts were overcast by sorrows and sadness was too great to be expressed by words, we came together to worship, grieve, and pray. “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15). Although with broken words, weeping and praying together offered a powerful way to support one another and to channel our thought to our loving Father. It provided many comforts and healing to our anxious hearts. It’s so true that “blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mat 5:4) Crying is a gift, and our tears, are the healing waters! The Lord hears our cry, and He also draws near to the brokenhearted. With the togetherness of the church community and the nearness of the Lord, His grace and peace flourished.

God’s comfort also came through the Holy Spirit that lives in me. I was reminded of the living hope given to us through Christ. I found my piece of comfort by seeing the hope in my heart — Our beloved sister is now resting in the arms of her Maker and Father, who had known her and loved her. She is also meeting our Lord, who loved her and died for her, face to face. The Lord has ended her sorrows and suffering in this world, and she is now resting on the glory side.

“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). The time to mourn will cease, and the time to dance will come. Sweet memories will be remembered, and one day is shared on that glory land when we meet again. Yes, until we meet again.

My heart and prayers continue to be with the family!

Lord, may you carry the family and strengthen them with your peace and grace in this difficult time. May your peace be with them, and they can also find rest and hope in You! Guard and bless everyone’s heart with your grace and peace!

In remembrance of this sister, The Untitled Hymn by Chris Rice came to mind this morning.

The Untitled Hymn
by Chris Rice

Weak and wounded sinner Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden’s lifted And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk Sometimes we fall, so
Fall on Jesus Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
Fly to Jesus Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!
Fly to Jesus Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

1 thought on “Grace and peace to you, in times of mourning (Colossians 1:1-2)”

  1. I feel heartbroken to hear the news, but I am glad she is in the bosom of the Lord and no longer has suffering.
    May God’s words be everyone’s comfort!

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