Genesis 23:1-3: Moving on

“Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.He said,” NIV UK

‘’Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife…’’

Christians do not grieve like other people who don’t share the same hope. Paul writes along these lines in his first letter to the church at Thessalonica. But they do grieve. It is painful indeed to lose a loved one – especially a spouse. Abraham and Sarah had shared so much together during their long marriage; not least in the second half of their lives after leaving Ur. They had raised a son to maturity long after many people are in the grave. Losing Sarah must have been a bitter pill to swallow.

But it is true that life goes on. Sooner or later (and there is no specified time anyone can put on this) everyone has to move on too. Your loved one’s life on earth is over; yours isn’t. There is still work to be done. God has a plan for you.

A bereavement will bring you to tears, but it doesn’t have to bring you to a full stop. By the grace of God you can live again.