Dear Church Family,
I want to thank all of you who reached out with words of encouragement or to let us know you were praying for our family during the last week.
Monday we buried Jennifer’s grandmother, Eleanor, after two long weeks of end-of-life hospice care. Although it was an emotional time for everyone, we are thankful to have been given this time to say our final goodbyes to an amazing woman who has left a legacy of faith and love to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The nursing home visits and funeral prompted a lot of questions from our children about life and death.
Where is Heaven exactly?
Is Grandma’s body up there with Jesus or just her soul?
After you die, do you ever get sick again?
We have answered their questions while acknowledging that much of the afterlife remains a mystery for those of us on Earth. We told them there’s a wonderful reunion happening right now with Grandma’s mother and father, her husband, Grandpa Bill, and the daughter she lost to Leukemia when she was very young. And while we mourn her death on Earth because we will miss her, Revelation 21:4 tells us that in Heaven, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
We also explained the most important thing is that she is in the presence of her Savior and is seeing Jesus face-to-face. What a day that will be for all of us!
If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, I hope you will find hope and healing in this promise and in the resurrection of Christ which is a reminder that death is not simply an end but also a new beginning. If you know of someone who needs to hear the Good News of Easter and experience the power of the resurrection please invite them to join you at one or all of our Holy Week services. You can find the full schedule here. And please note, we will be serving Communion at the Maundy Thursday service, Sonrise service and at the 8:30 a.m. Lectio service on Easter morning.
On another note, it’s been an exciting week in the life of the church. Our plans to renovate our campus took a step forward as our building committee met with and selected Hill and Wilkinson as General Contractor for the job. You can read a little bit about them here. Please continue to keep our building team and everyone involved in the details of this project in your prayers. It is our hearts’ desire that this new building be a tool we can use to further God’s Kingdom here in Collin County and beyond by helping more of our neighbors come to know the love of God and become fully devoted followers of Jesus who serve all people.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday when we continue our sermon series “Making a Messiah.” This week we’ll take a final look at The Crucifixion.
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