Pain, sorrow, and death are earthly agents,
Designed to produce a longing for Heaven.
Pleasures on earth are temporal glimpses
– Pointing to our eternal hope.
By making this life about our happiness,
We have forfeited the longing and have put our hope in a lie.
(Heidi Viars, 2013)
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
When the perishable puts on the imperishable,
and the mortal puts on immortality,
then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast,
immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.