The Bible says that because of what Jesus Christ did for us we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).
But the death of someone we love is still painful to us, even as Christians—not because we fear for them, but because of the empty place they leave behind in our hearts. The Bible says we don’t “grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope”—but we will still grieve (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
The more we loved someone, the more we will miss them—and the more we will look forward to seeing them again in heaven. When Jesus came to the tomb of his friend Lazarus, we read these words: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). That is the shortest verse in the Bible—but it contains a world of truth. If Jesus wept over His friend (who shortly would be raised from the dead), won’t we also be touched by the death of someone we love?
My precious daughter, Jennifer died 5 months ago at age 29. Through my faith in God, I seek comfort from the words of the bible and from leaders who I know are great bible teachers. I have many people praying for The Jennifer Act law to be passed. It is a tool to help people in a life and death crisis. I will stay dedicated and continue to do everything in my power to see this law come to pass. For the many people who have an addicted loved one, please know I will not give up. ~Sharon Blair