Psalm 116:15 states "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints". It is hard for the unsaved to understand how we can rejoice in the death of a loved one. While we lose the physical presence of that dear one, we can be assured, if they are believers, that we will see them again. They are not lost to us because we know that they are eternal beings and are now rejoicing and worshiping in the presence of God the Father. They have had the wonderful privilege of seeing Him face to face.
This past Saturday we endured the passing of such a one. Mrs. H was my kindergarten teacher, but she was so much more. She was a prayer warrior, an encourager and a standard. Oh, that my children, grandchildren and friends will be able to rejoice in my death as so many are in the death of Mrs H. I have no doubt that her funeral will be jam packed with lives that she has touched. While we sorrow for the loss we have endured, we rejoice because we know what she has gained. She has been able to see not only our Savior and Father, but also her husband who passed a few years ago. What celebration there must have been in Heaven Saturday morning! I can almost hear the choirs singing. I can imagine the saints gone ahead lining those golden streets and clapping as she walked through the gates of that city. I can see our Savior meeting her there and saying "Welcome home. We've been waiting for you. You have been a good and faithful servant, and now it's time to rest" and then taking her hand in His and leading her to where Mr H is standing. I can see the love in their eyes as they see each other again. What a blessed reunion.
So then, how can we be sorrowful? How can we NOT rejoice? Mrs H is certainly rejoicing!