In our circle of friends and those close to us we have faced the deaths of six people in the last two weeks. Through our faith in Christ Jesus we know that death is not the end of life, and that these individuals are no longer suffering from cancer, or ALS, or heart disease or any other infirmity that besets our frail bodies. We do not sorrow as other who have no hope.(I Thessalonians 4:13) Yet we do sorrow. The pain of separation and loss is very deep. I feel a deep sadness as each of these death notices comes through an e-mail or a phone call, and often feel tears welling up inside even when I was not personally close to the individual. This is because death is the reminder of the fallen nature, our rebellion that we have all inherited from our first parents. Sin has been unleashed in this world and we all face its consequences. Paul wrote to the Corinthians “the sting of death is sin,…”(I C.15:56) We grieve for our personal losses, but we grieve also for the evil our corporate sin has brought into this life. That grieving is our humility and corporate repentance before a holy God. But even in this grief we have hope. God has never left us without hope. In Jesus Christ we have the sure and certain promise that one day “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) Praise His glorious name, even if at times it is with tears.