On Saturday, 5th of February a friend of mine passed away. I wouldn’t say we were really close but I knew her through Church and knew quite a few of her family / friends. Priscilla finally gave up her fight with cancer, aged only 19.
I was shocked but not surprised when I heard the news. Shocked because I’d seen her just 4 days earlier in hospital and while not looking her usual self, to me, she looked like she was going to make it. Not surprised because the doctors had said that there was little chance left for her.
As a Christian however, I have comfort that she (also a Believer) is in a better place. A place where there is no more pain, suffering, or sorrow. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 15:54-55: “54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” This speaks of physical death and the victory of Jesus snatching us from Deaths hands and taking us to Heaven. In the end it is a victory for us – not Death.
We’d prayed for Priscilla many times both as a Church, with my youth group and personally – our prayers weren’t answered. Why? I’ll never know, but I don’t let those thoughts grab a hold of me. Psalms 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
There’s a saying that goes like this:
“When you were born, the Angels cried and the World rejoiced.
When you passed away, the World cried and the Angels rejoiced.”