BECAUSE HE LIVES!
Because He Lives, a popular Bill and Gloria Gaither hymn is commonly sung at funerals in our area. While we were grieving and rejoicing over the death of our beloved member, Margarete, we welcomed a new baby to the community. The new baby had some medical questions that required more answers than our local hospital had the technology to deal with successfully. The baby was flown to Bismarck. While I was playing that hymn on Tuesday as Margarete’s casket was being taken out of the church, I looked up and saw the new grandpa attending the funeral. The words from the hymn “How sweet to hold a newborn baby, and feel the pride and joy he (she) gives; But greater still the calm assurance, This child can face uncertain days because He lives. I am thankful to report the new baby came home with a clean bill of health. Margarete leaves a big hole in our hearts because she pointed so beautifully by her life to the testimony of Jesus love and faithfulness not only to her, but offered to all. The last verse of the hymn says “And then one day I’ll cross the river. I’ll fight life’s final war with pain; and then as death gives way to victory, I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns.
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” I Corinthians 14:20 (NIV)