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‘Death Is Swallowed Up In Victory’ (1Corinthians 15:54)

From Flowers, by Robert Mapplethorpe

From Flowers, by Robert Mapplethorpe

The past few weeks have been difficult, both physically and emotionally traumatic.

Following on from my recent post, It’s Spring, D’s mum, sadly, died in the early morning on Saturday, April 8 2017.

She was 93 and in some ill-health so, whilst not entirely unexpected, in the moment, it was still shocking as they’d been talking about discharging her a few days earlier.

Sadly, living in sundry disparate and distant locations, we were all travelling to the hospital at the time of her passing which was not as we’d hoped. Ideally, she would have been surrounded by family at the end though this happens less often than you’d think as, in old age, certainty is not always a given.

We console ourselves with the thought that, despite her pain, when her family were last together, with her at the hospital, she was able to talk and laugh with us all and, on her last full day, family members were with her all through it.

Living closest, D and I were the last to leave on that final day, at about 10.30pm, and, before we left, D went in her room alone and read some passages from the Bible to her.

She seemed asleep and peaceful when he left and we’d like to think that the last words she heard were those of her only son reading aloud the words of her One And Only God whom she’d devoutly followed her whole life.

Carrying our love always, may she Rest In Peace.

From Handel’s Messiah:

I know that my Redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
(Job 19:25-26)

For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.
(1Corinthians 15:20)

Since by man came death,
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
(1Corinthians 15:21-22)

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed in a moment,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
(1Corinthinas 15:51-52)

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption
and this mortal must put on immortality.
(1Corinthians 15:52-53)

Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
Death is swallowed up in victory.
(1Corinthians 15:54)

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