“God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 46:1 – NKJV
Have You Ever Experienced The Sudden Death Of A Close Loved One?
Have you ever experienced the sudden death of a very close loved one?
I have…three times.
Today I write with mixed feelings.
There is joy, yet there is sorrow.
There is peace, yet there is some perplexity.
But praise the Lord, underlying it all is hope and rest in the Lord and the Truth of His Word.
Sudden Death Strikes
Joining the ranks with my father and old brother, both of whom passed away suddenly, on Monday, my cousin Frank Claude, also known as Prophet Frank passed away suddenly and went to be with the Lord.
Frank was a blessing to my life in so many ways…he was a brother, friend, prayer partner, confidant, support, spiritual covering, helper, encourager, protector and more. He was passionate about the Word, passionate about family and passionate about seeking and doing the Lord’s will and encouraging others to do the same.
I will miss our times of mutual edification and sharing and revelation about the Lord, the Word, the Kingdom, Divine Purpose, life and its vicissitudes, prophetic insights and prayers…and I’m forever grateful for his faithful prayer covering over my life and the lives of my husband and children…and for the many prayers offered up for so many of my extended family members.
Sudden Death Is Never Easy
Sudden death is never easy; it leaves you temporarily riveted in so many ways…
- It brashly disrupts your mental, emotional and physical equilibrium.
- It brazenly reminds you of the frailty of life.
- It soberingly reminds you of the importance of living ready to meet the Lord.
- It forcefully causes you to candidly evaluate the relationships in your life to see if and where any adjustments need to be made.
Sudden death is never easy…and it is powerful.
Gratefulness In The Face Of Sudden Death
One thing I am so grateful for is that in each instance where I’ve experienced the sudden death of a close loved one, all of my loved ones had received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord and had a relationship with God through faith in Him so I know, as the Word tells us, they have gone on to be with the Lord and that one day, I will see each of them again…praise the Lord…\0/…in the midst of everything, that gives me comfort and peace.
I’m also grateful for the many prayers that are going up and covering me and my family and Frank’s wife and children during this difficult time…believe me when I say that prayers lighten the burden and make a great difference.
And Father, I am grateful for Frank’s life, for all the times we shared and for the many blessings you imparted to my life through Him…thank You.
As I close, I thank you for your prayer that our Father, the God of all comfort will comfort us all as only He can as we go through this season…and I pray that should you and your family travel this road in the future, that He would do the same for you.
“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 – NIV
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