Whenever we face the death of a friend or loved one, we experience a period of loss and mourning. For the belivers in Christ we have Jesus’ promise from the Sermon on the Mount that “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. Even though we have this promise, it is a natural part of life to mourn. And so we associate the word “mourning” (with a “u”) with death, but today’s quote associates the word “morning”, as in the beginning of a new day, with death.
“He made the Pleiades and Orion; he turns the shadow of death into morning.” – Amos 5:8 NKJV
So as we normally associate the shadow of death with the sunset of life into darkness, who has the power to turn that shadow into the light of a new day? The answer is obvious, only the God of the Bible can do that.
I came across today’s quote while spending the weekend in Maine to attend the memorial service for a dear friend who had lost his battle with ALS. Although I may be taking this verse somewhat out of context, the true message of the resurrection still jumps out of it, and it is a great comfort. While we mourn for ourselves for the loss of those we love, we have the promise of God that death is only the beginning of a new life that is perfect for eternity. So as the family and friends of those who have gone may be under the shadow of mourning for a time, there is a bright hope that our dearly departed ones have risen to a new morning of eternal life. Yes, God does turn the shadow of death into morning.
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