FADING

IMG_2752“The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.”  Isaiah 40:8 ISV

It will soon be a year since Danni died.  I still cry and miss her on a daily basis.  It still hurts but sometimes I feel guilty because life has gone on without her.  Sometimes, the memories aren’t as strong and I think I have betrayed her.  I’m afraid she is going to fade away if the pain of losing her is not as intense as it was yesterday.

The dictionary describes fade as to lose brightness or vividness of color.  It means to dim, disappear gradually and to vanish.  Our memories can turn from severely painful to  bittersweet and healing.  Danni will never disappear as she will be a part of me forever.

Things in this world started to fade when sin entered the picture in the Garden of Eden.  I John 2:17 states, “And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.  But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever”.  People and our most cherished treasures here on earth must pass away from this earth but we have a home in heaven that will never pass away.

Jesus hung on a cross willingly dying for each of us; his very life fading away.  Three days later he rose from the grave giving all who believe a resurrected hope and future.  I Peter 1:3-4 tells us, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade”.  Though we fade away in our earthly bodies, we will be resurrected to live with Jesus forever where nothing will ever fade away. Jesus told his disciples that heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35).

It is horrible to watch a forest fire destroying the trees.  Our plants die from lack of water.  Our loved ones grow older and may forget our names.  This world and the things of it will pass away but with Jesus we have a hope and a future that will never fade.  Put your trust in him today!

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