Scripture Reading: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4)
Earlier this week we received the sad news that my uncle Terrence passed away and transitioned onto the “other side”. Our hearts were very heavy.
Terrence (or Terry, as we called him) was the fourth from the youngest, and he is the second child of my grandparents’ to pass from this life. They had 10 in all.
He was such a funny person who would always make you laugh and just bring such life to the party. Everyone loved him; and I don’t believe that he had one enemy in all of his life.Above all that I mentioned already, there’s nothing that brings more comfort and peace to my heart than to know that Terry was saved; and both of my grandparents’ children that have passed from this life professed Faith in Christ.
Terrence was like a brother to me because I was raised in the same house with the younger children of my grandparents. When the other two would pick on me he would be somewhat like my “protector”, telling the other two “leave that boy alone!!” So, I loved him, respected him, and looked up to him a lot. He was also one of my biggest encouragers. He could just say one word that would change my whole outlook on my circumstance.In a nutshell, he was very dear to me.
When I heard of his passing, I began to really think on death like I probably never have before; and I found myself deeply wondering what it must have been like for him to walk through those very corridors. It was a perplexing thought, to say the least.I realized that, though he had been surrounded by family, friends, and a multitude of others literally all of his life, this was one time that we all had to “stop” at this door and watch him go in alone. That really saddened my heart.
But I thought about what David said in Psalms 23:4, and it changed my whole perspective in a moment; I realized that, for the believer in Christ, we are never ever alone. God is there. And He will be there, even when others can’t be.
If you are a believer in Christ, you and I can take comfort in knowing That we will never ever be alone.
Please Keep my family in your prayers as we come together this weekend to say “See ya later Uncle Terry”.
With The Love of Christ,Pastor Lowe