Sending words of hope
One of my hobbies is making greeting cards. I’m not artistic, but I’m pretty good at copying (so thankful for Pinterest). I enjoy creating something beautiful out of paper, ink and rubber stamps. My enjoyment doesn’t stop with the act of creating beauty and my sense of accomplishment, especially when I make dozens of Christmas cards. It continues when I hear that someone loved the card I sent and tells me they keep them, sometimes for years.
A bittersweet part of making cards is when they are for sad occasions. I usually make half a dozen at a time and as I do, I can’t help but wonder to whom I will be sending them. We don’t like to think about it, but death is a part of life we can’t escape. I’m reminded of this every time I send a sympathy card.
We know God isn’t crazy about death either – Jesus came to do away with it and we are assured the only time we have to experience it is when this temporary body has served its purpose. Because of this truth, when we send – or receive – a sympathy card, we can be encouraged that we don’t grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Our grief is tempered by the hope we have in Christ and the assurance that because of God’s love, we and all his children will live with him forever as his beloved.
Study by Tammy Tkach
First published on 15 November 2022, at www.gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com
About the writer:
Tammy Tkach is the Assistant Pastor of the Eugene, Oregon, USA congregation. She is a speaker and writer, and publishes a blog at www.gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com
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