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How the hope of heaven carries us through grief

OWOSSO – There is a glorious future that awaits us as children of God. The journey of life is often fraught with trials and tribulations, but in the midst of it all, we can take comfort in the promise of Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

For me, the reality of God's grace has been most evident in the midst of loss and grief. Early in our marriage my husband’s parents, my grandmother, and my father departed this life. More recently, my mother and our dear son, Kenneth, have gone to be with the Lord.

I have said goodbye to other cherished family members and dear friends, each parting leaving an ache in my heart that only the comfort and peace that comes through prayer and the healing touch of God's love could soothe. Yet, even in the depths of my sorrow, I have found solace in the hope of heaven.


One of the most beautiful aspects of our Christian faith is the assurance of life beyond this earthly existence. As I look forward to the promise of eternal reunion with my loved ones, I am filled with a sense of peace that surpasses all understanding. In heaven, we will experience the fullness of God's love and the joy of being in His presence for all eternity. I have a profound sense of hope and anticipation for my heavenly home.


The promise of Romans 8:28 reminds me that even in the midst of life's greatest trials, God is at work, bringing about good from every situation. He uses our pain and suffering to draw us closer to Him, shaping us into the people He created us to be. And though we may not always understand His ways, we can trust in His unfailing love and His perfect plan for our lives.


His love knows no bounds, and His mercy endures forever. No matter what trials we may face in this life, we can take comfort in the promise that God is working all things together for our good. I am filled with gratitude for the hope and assurance that God's grace provides.


My prayer is that you too may find hope and comfort in the midst of life's challenges. May you cling to the promise of Romans 8:28, knowing that God's grace is sufficient to carry you through every trial and tribulation. And may you take heart in the hope of heaven, where we will one day live in God’s presence and be reunited with our loved ones for all eternity. Amen.



Diane Bowen is a pastor’s wife, mother, and User Experience Researcher living in Owosso. Her husband, Rick, is currently serving as pastor of Central Baptist Church in the Genesee Baptist Association. Diane has spoken at numerous church, associational, and state Women's events. She serves as Worship Coordinator at Central Baptist Church. She looks forward to reuniting in heaven with her loved ones, especially their son, Kenneth.


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