This week was a hard one for Six Points Church as we laid to rest three people who were a part of the life of this church. Death is always hard. No matter the circumstances, the age of the person who died or how much warning you might get...it still isn't easy to lose someone you love. This week we pray for the Hopkins, Inman and Whaley families and ask for God to comfort them in their time of grief.
And as sad as this week of loss was for those families and for our church family, we take comfort knowing that those who died had put their faith in Jesus and are now in Heaven with Him for all eternity.
As my grandmother would have said, "the cloud got bigger." She was referring to a verse from Hebrews 12 that says "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
The friends and family who passed this week, and all those who have died in the Lord before, are part of that "cloud of witnesses" that helps encourage us, inspire us and give us an example of faith that we should follow as we live our lives in Jesus. They are not gone, they are with the Lord, and our cloud has grown even bigger.