Comfort Each Other With These Words

"Comfort Each Other With These Words"
A song for a dear sister gone to be with the Lord last year.

I prayed that you would be okay,
and God came and took you home early;
that you would never lack godly friends,
and now all around you they're perfect.
Your indwelling sins that you told me about,
I prayed that the vict'ry he'd giveth.
What a relief it must be to you now
to finally bid your flesh riddance.

I prayed you'd be in a healthy church,
and now your sole shepherd is Jesus;
that He would heal all of your wounds,
including the ones that I caused you;
that out of His riches He'd meet all your needs,
but abiding in the body was not needed.
Others have passed that I wished you had met,
and now you love them much more purely than I.

Sometimes I crave more moments of life
with you in a world that is fallen
as if what awaits is not greatest of all;
Lord, turn me around to believe it.
No sparrow falls apart from Him;
how purposefully His hand rewarded you.
To live is Christ, to die is gain;
far better to leave and be present with Him.

All you wait for now
is the redemption of our bodies
and God's justice to come on the earth.
One day we'll be caught up
together in the clouds,
and we'll always, always be with the Lord.
Come quickly, Lord!

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NASB):
"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed the rest of mankind do, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. For we say this to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words."

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