I had the privilege last evening of being with an aged saint as she stepped over from this life into the presence of our Lord. There are always many tears at such a time because of the earthly separation from a loved one. The sorrow is very real and painful, but we are reminded of St. Paul’s words to the Thessalonians that we “do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”(IT.4:13) I once saw an image of a Buddhist woman clawing the dirt at the grave of her dead son. It was a horrible picture. We sorrow, but our sorrow is always buoyed up by the hope we have in Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus’ tomb was empty. Death could not hold Him, and it will not hold us. Paul joyfully proclaims, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”(I Corinthians 15:20) Further, this is not a truth that we bring out to comfort ourselves only at the time of a death, but one in which we live every day. We worship and we follow a living Lord Jesus Christ. He is our hope and our life in all seasons.