The world lost a great man today. My pastor passed away early this morning. What is our loss, though, is Heaven’s gain. Heaven gained a man of incredible strength. Heaven gained a man of deep integrity. Heaven gained a man with a crazy sense of humor.
We all process loss differently. For me, I am sad, and at the same time I can’t help but smile. I am going to miss my pastor terribly, and that makes me sad. But I can’t stay sad for long because today he is rejoicing in Heaven with the angels. I can’t think of a better place to be – a brand new body, streets of gold, a mansion prepared just for him.
Regardless of how you process loss, the only true source of comfort is from the Lord. When I am sad, I find comfort in two special Psalms.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Yes, my pastor will be missed greatly. As for me, though, I’m going to keep smiling as I think about him walking down those streets of gold toward his specially prepared mansion sporting a new head of thick, long hair.