Grappling with death is especially painful when it involves a life taken too soon.
While every death leaves a painful sting on those left behind, the death of a child is particularly devastating.
What we desperately need to be reminded of as we grapple with death is that we have a God who is greater than death, a God who created our souls to live with him for all eternity.
Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, those who believe in him will never die, but will have eternal life with God.
“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, 73, recently spoke with a family facing the sad possibility that their child, Carson, may soon pass away.
Missy West Robertson, who is married to Jase Robertson, one of Phil’s four sons, posted a video of the encouraging Bible passages that Phil shared with the boy’s loved ones.
“Every few weeks, our family is asked to meet with a sick or terminally ill child and their family,” West Robertson wrote on Facebook. “The routine is usually the same. We sign autographs, give hugs, take pictures, share stories and end with a prayer.”
“Friday, when it was time for prayer, Phil told everyone to sit down and give him 5 minutes to share something. When Phil gives instructions, people tend to listen and obey, especially us in his family.”
In the intimate setting, Phil explained to the family why we do not need to fear death, and how even if young Carson does die, we are not without hope.
“All of us are going to die, all of us,” Phil began.
“Some die early. We have a child with a disease, we’re going to pray that God will do away with that. We hate it, that’s what we’re praying for.”
But if Carson does physically die, Phil explained, his soul will go on to be with Christ.
With his Bible open, Phil read from a passage about the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the dead from 1 Corinthians.
As he read, Phil explained what the verses meant, encouraging the listeners that they need not fear death.
“If Carson goes early, if God takes him instead of healing him, we’ll see him again,” Phil said. “Short period of time. We’ll join him. When you die, your body is the only thing that dies, you, your soul your spirit is still alive. That ain’t a bad place to be.”
Phil explained that while they pray with boldness that God would heal Carson from his illness, they also bow to God’s will, knowing that His plan and purposes are perfect.
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