We recently had a sudden death in our neighborhood. The entire block was shocked and saddened by the loss. I felt compelled to use the situation for the Lord. I purchased a box of Thanksgiving cards and then wrote a letter to enclose:
“Dear _____, This Thanksgiving season we are recognizing how thankful we are for our neighbors. We are still reeling from the shock and sadness of ______’s untimely passing. He was a good neighbor and a friend to all. We loved him. Everyone did! We are grieving along with his dear wife, whom we also love. It seems to us an appropriate time to think more deeply about a few things:
“There is Someone who loves you…each of you. He cares about all you are going through. He sees your tears. He wants to comfort you. Nothing is hidden from Him. His Name is Jesus, and all you have to do is call out His Name. You are not alone. He is waiting for you. Trust Him. He won’t let you down.
“We know this life is temporary. We know this life is short—in fact, it’s getting shorter every day! When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live on. Where will the real you and the real me live? Will we live for all eternity separated from God? Or will we spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Perhaps you’ve already made a decision. If not, you might check out these websites to learn more:
“Life is not always easy, but we all have much to be thankful for this year.”
- I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Please pray with me that God would speak to hearts this Thanksgiving and draw many to Himself.