I would guess most of us, when faced with the death of a loved one, have doubts assail us. I’m sure there are some with immovable faith. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those.
And grappling with death brings out the worst of my questions.
So in those times it helps me to re-read promises and stories from scripture.
Jesus told a parable that I find comforting. “The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore.”*
I find this comforting because God takes the initiative to gather up his followers. It’s not because they navigated perfectly into the net but because God in his love draws them in.
Also, he offers his kingdom to everyone. No predetermination. No entrance exam. Everyone is welcome.
In a sense, all I can do is relax and choose to be a part of it. I can’t gain more of it or lose any it.
I enter in simply by accepting it. Really, how could it be any other way?
And when I remember those things it helps calm the storm clouds of doubt.
*Matthew 13:47-48 (NIV)