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Walking on Sunshine 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Walking on Sunshine

God’s provision for deceased believers in the future is an assurance of God’s care for all believers in the present.


We have no way of knowing what dying alone is like, but we do know how difficult it can be for the surviving loved ones to cope with. Paul helps us understand that God has a plan for all of us — past, present and future, living or dead. We are not without hope, for the departed or for ourselves.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Power of the Hidden Influencer,” November 9, 2014.


One of the cruelties of the Covid-19 pandemic has been that a significant number of patients hospitalized with the disease died without loved ones present. It wasn’t that family and friends didn’t want to be there, but that many hospitals kept visitors away — including family members and spouses — to fight the spread of the virus. Even priests had no choice but to administer last rites over the telephone. One doctor called the isolation “the medical version of solitary...

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