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NAPTIME

1 Thessalonians 4:13 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.” 

IT’S JUST A LONG SLEEP

When my wife and I got married she could not understand my family.  Whenever we visited my family in South Georgia, if we stayed over a Sunday afternoon, inevitably my family members would take a nap after a big Sunday lunch.  We would be laying down in a bed, stretched out on the couch, or curled up in a chair.  She would sit there wide awake and watch us “sluggards” just lying there.  Lol.  After over 30 years of marriage, guess who enjoys those Sunday afternoon naps.  Yep, her!

I love the fact that Paul describes a believer’s death as just going to sleep.  Our spirits are instantly with the Lord at death, but our physical body is “asleep” waiting to be awakened at the rapture of the church.  Our bodies will be raised up and “refreshed” with our glorified body.  Now that’s better than any cup of coffee.

TEACHING MOMENT

Do your children still take naps?  Waking them from naps can be difficult. Use that to explain to them how we will awakened by the shout of the Archangel.  They won’t be groggy or grumpy when that happens.  They will “jump” right up.  The important part, I believe, for our children to understand is that death for a believer is NOTHING to be feared.  It is just a portal to glory.

In fact, read them the last part of this verse, too.  We do not grieve as the rest, who don’t believe.  Yes, we are sad when a loved one dies, but if they were a believer, then parting is only temporary.  We will see them again.  And when we do, it will seem like just a second has gone by.

Are you fearful of death or dying?  Trust the Lord!  Allow Him to give you peace.  Allow Him to put your spirit at rest.  Do not grieve as the rest!  Let His Word be that balm you need to heal your heart when you lose a loved one.

Father, death is welcomed thing for me.  I will not fear in the face of death, mine or a loved one’s who knows You.  I long to see Your face and know that death will allow that to happen.  In fact, Father, I should say “Happy Death Day” with the same joy I say “Happy Birthday.”  Entering heaven will be such a celebration.

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