My heart is aching right now. How do I possibly describe how I feel at such sad news. I thought Sandy was doing so well when she came back from the hospital--we talked, and she seemed fine. We talked many times, and she always had a way of lifting my spirits. Sandy was my good friend, my confidant, my encourager, my family. I am so shocked, and I cannot seem to stop my tears. My heart grieves for a fallen friend who has fought the good fight.
Jesus always talked about death as a sleep. When He raised Lazurus from the dead, He told His disciples that Lazurus was sleeping. In 1 Thessalonians 4, the Apostle Paul said that he would not have us be ignorant concerning those who sleep, as those who have no hope. In other words, for those who sleep in Jesus, there is hope. And for those of us who are still here left to carry on there is hope that one day we will be reunited. The blessed hope that Jesus will come again, and those who sleep in Him will wake and arise from their dusty beds, and the very next thing they will see will be Jesus coming in the clouds.
Concerning the second coming of Jesus in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 the Bible says, "For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words."
Our good friend, Sandy, is sleeping the sleep of death, but on the resurrection morn the Lord will call her name, just like He did for Lazurus, and she shall come forth to newness of life. Her mortal body will put on immortality, she will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and so she shall ever be with the Lord.
I know that Sandy was a believer, because we talked about it on many occasions. That is why I write these things. My hope is to see her on that great day, but tonight I will cry as one who has lost a very dear friend.
I will be praying for Sandy's family (and that includes those of us at TuDiabetes that knew her), at this time of great loss. My heart goes out to all of you.