Definition by Webster Dictionary
1. a: a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion
b: a fortunate circumstance
2: compassionate treatment of those in distress
Last week my Grandpa, Truman Carver Houghton, passed away. He has been suffering from leukemia for over 20 years. However, on the Tuesday before he passed he had an accident. He fell while taking out the trash and suffered a severe trauma.
My Grandpa was a man of God. Not just your Sunday morning Christian. He was the first one in the door and the last one to leave. He played guitar at every function he could because he knew it was a God-given gift, even after his hands were crippled from arthritis. He had the spiritual gift of prophesy, which is very rare now. No he would not try and predict the end of the world or ever claim to be a prophet. There is a difference. If you would like to research it Desiring God by John Piper gives a good explanation. He knew God's word and spoke it to others continuously. Death, was just another piece to his Christian journey.
You would think, my Grandpa dying would put a hole in my heart. It didn't. In fact, it made it more full. Death is not a sad thing for me. It is the ultimate act of mercy. The Lord knows when we are suffering and he knows when we are in pain. I believe the Lord does not give us anything we can not bear. However, there comes a time when the Lord, despite the gift of pain, can no longer see his children suffer. He takes us home.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
God shows us his grace and mercy one last time on this earth by taking away our pain for eternity. Knowing that all the pain and suffering here on Earth will be worth it ten fold. Who wouldn't want to experience that.
Revelation 21: 18-21
The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[f] 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
With that being said, as a Christian, I can't be sad. I will use it as a testimony to God's unfailing grace.