Cultivating My Spirit

In Loving Memory of My Brother, Antoine Jones

It’s very hard to believe it’s been five years since my brother passed away. Life is just so fleeting… so elusive – especially when you don’t attend to it. It’s interesting to me that I was just summarizing the last five years of my life in terms of my spiritual growth – learning to obey, trust and depend on God. It hasn’t been a time of mourning and reflection on lost. Indeed, I mourned. I was comforted. And I continued to live. When I look back over my life, I do see the impact the death of loved ones has had on me. And I do feel the sadness of broken relationships. But encapsulating all that lost is the work God has done in my life and spirit. By God’s grace and mercy, the pain of lost does fade and the joy of remembering the good in others increases.

Know that the time you have with loved ones is a blessed and limited time indeed.  

Scripture that helped me through:

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.  ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13, NLT

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.  ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13, NIV

 
The Appeal (from HERO), by Kirk Franklin
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