6 May 2018

Dear church family

As a church pastor, life (births) and death (funerals) are integral in our pastoral care ministry. In the month of April, I had to officiate (or attend) three funeral services at Mandai Crematorium. At each funeral service, there was much heartfelt pain and grief in the hearts of family members and church friends, but yet there was peace and rest because of the blessed hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

For the past 3 weeks, I had been visiting my mother, who was recovering from a serious illness in hospital. On one of those days sitting by her hospital bed, God’s Word in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a  came to mind: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die…”  In one of our conversations in hospital, my mother talked about death and dying. I then asked her calmly, “Mum, where do you think you will go when you die?”  Without any hesitation, she replied, “I am going to heaven.”

In Ecclesiastes 3:11, the wisdom-writer declared that “(God) has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart…”  Thanks and praise be to God for the blessed hope of eternal life that we have in Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

 

Maranatha

Pastor John