Always Be Thankful

Hello again friends!!

I've missed you! These past few days have been long, but my grandpa's funeral today was lovely. It really was a celebration of a life well-lived. So many friends and family came out and it was wonderful to hear the stories of my grandpa throughout his life.

This week was certainly not what I was expecting to come home to after exams, but it's been so fun to spend so much time with my cousins, who are usually spread all over the country. We'll be gathering again tomorrow for Christmas Eve as well, so by the end, I think I'll have seen some of my family more in this one week than I have in the past year.

This passage was read three times today, in a different version every time. It was an unplanned, but lovely accident.  I just wanted to share it here as well.

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words. 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

I did also want to thank you all again for the absolutely wonderful messages you sent. I have not had a chance to reply, but I was so touched by your kind words. Please know that they did not go unappreciated. Thankyou so much.

I hope you have all had a lovely week and I'll be back tomorrow :)