It has been more than three months since my last posting – “Our Love Story” – on Valentine’s Day. That is because the wonderful love story that Wendi and I shared came to a sudden end when she passed away, unexpectedly, on March 7th. In a manner of speaking, my life, and the lives of our family also came to an end at the same time. The past months have been spent grieving, helping each other through sorrow, while navigating all the twists and turns of funerals and “post-mortem” adjustments.
It doesn’t sound like a happy ending to a love story but in many ways it was. Wendi went the way she had told me she wanted to – quickly, quietly, and before me. As far as I can tell she did not suffer in her passing. She also did not have to deal with all the complicated and perplexing events and duties that come in the wake of the passing of a spouse.
Most of all, it was happy because it wasn’t really the ending.
Wendi had grown up in a home that eventually broke apart with a divorce when she was a teenager. She always said that experience taught her to hate sin. Eventually she came to hate her sin and found a Savior in Jesus Christ. He saved her and kept her until she passed from this life to be in the presence of One who loved more than I ever could.
But that is still not the ending.
Jesus rose from the dead some 2000 years ago, and because He did – all those who believe in Him will rise again someday as well. The Easter following Wendi’s passing was the sweetest Easter I had ever experienced. The truth of His resurrection and the hope of our resurrection had never been so real. Because He rose again, I know that both Wendi and I will rise again as well.
I know the center of attention for Wendi then will not be me. I know that we will not be married (to each other) in heaven – we will be there together as part of the Church – the Bride of Christ. I don’t know anything more about our relationship when all this unfolds – but I do know that our lives in heaven are described in the Bible as something greater than our eyes have ever seen, our ears have ever heard, or even anything beyond our wildest imaginations. I guess I can’t ask for anything more than that!
Every love story has an ending, This was ours. It was a happy ending for one reason – and that reason is a Person – Jesus Christ. He redeemed us from sin and brought us together. Through our years of marriage He knit us together and He blessed us with a wonderful family. He took Wendi home and I know He will take me home as well.
In these things I rejoice.
Explore on your own!
These are scriptures that are alluded to in this post. Take some extra time and look up these passages. Read them in context. Do some word study with an expository dictionary, follow cross-references, and even invest some time memorizing and meditating on some of them. Write down what you learn – you will be surprised how this will “congeal” Scriptural principles in your heart and mind!
1 Corinthians 15:1-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 4:7-18; Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation 20:5,6; Daniel 12:1-4; 1 Corinthians 2:6-12.