He Will Wipe Our Tears
My dad passed away about 11 months ago. I had several friends lose their dads around the same time. I can now understand their grief a little more. I do not think it is a bad thing at all that someone would cry at random times. As I make new memories here, I mourn the fact that my dad is not here with us. Yet, I still must find joy in what I do have, and with whom. I have my memories, and photographs, and the fact that my dad loved oh so much. the last time I saw him in person, he motioned "I love you" before I left. He was not yet able to speak, but those motions meant more to me than we would both ever know.
Our lives on earth have gone on. It is easier to say "my dad would've liked that" now, but it can still bring tears to my eyes. My boys like to remind me, though, that Papa is in Heaven. Yes, he died, but he is now in a place where there is no pain or hurt. he gets to be with God in eternity, which is what I want too. The living hope in Jesus is what I have, and what you can have too.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:1-4 (English Standard Version)
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
And he will swallow up on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
Isaiah 25:8 (English Standard Version)