Grieving with Hope
April 01, 2018 | Wes McAdams
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
When our loved ones are sick or injured, we’re often optimistic they will get better. And when our family and friends are healthy, we are optimistic they will live very long lives. But when death snatches them away from us, how do we grieve? What is the difference between the grief of Christians and the grief of unbelievers? Because of the empty tomb, the answer is “hope.”
As Christians, the empty tomb should make us a people committed to hope. No matter what horrible things happen, we have a different outlook on the future because of the past. Some people consider themselves optimists, some consider themselves pessimists, and still others consider themselves realists; but Christians are people of hope.