It comes at different times and different places.
It’s never the same for two people – even if they are grieving the loss of the same person.
Some of the times are “somewhat” predictable – like your Dad’s 81st birthday that came 15 days after he went home to be with Jesus.
Like the day your daughter became the 2nd Dr. Vanderwell (http://tomvanderwell.net/2018/04/the-passing-of-the-torch-a-tale-of-two-doctors/)
Some of them are totally unpredictable.
Like when you’re having devotions and there’s something that you aren’t clear on. “I think I’ll ask Dad……”
Oh wait, I can’t ask Dad. I can’t ask him about that Bible passage.
There’s a lot of things I can’t do because there’s a lot of things my Dad can do right now that he couldn’t.
Like sit down and talk with John, the author of Revelations.
And ask him what I was going to ask my Dad. In Revelations 20:11-15, it talks about the dead being judged by what they had done. What does that mean?
Does “what they had done” mean whether or not they chose to believe? Because if it means the works they did, isn’t the thief on the cross totally screwed over? I mean think about it, he was a Christian for maybe 10 minutes before he died?
I think “what they had done” has to mean whether they chose to believe and chose to live for Christ. It’s really the only way any of us have a chance at Heaven – and I believe that’s what John means.
Hey Dad – can you ask him the next time you see him?
In the mean time, any of my minister or seminary friends who want to chime in with your thoughts, please do so.