A dear friend just announced the "promotion" of his daughter who has been valiantly fighting cancer for over a year. In his e-mail he noted that he definitely planned to see her again. This reminded me of the verse in Thessalonians 4:13 concerning the death of Christians. Even at the worst time of life we are not without hope and certainty of Christ, for it is in Christ and his words we base our actions
Holy Weblog mentioned an article in the New York Times about John Stott written by David Brooks as an alternative-- and more realistic-- version of evangelicals. (Sorry registration is required.) I was reminded of this article as Iread my friend's announcement of this death because this is how he believes and his daughter--and me too.
Most important, he [John Stott] does not believe truth is plural. He does not believe in relativizing good and evil or that all faiths are independently valid, or that truth is something humans are working toward. Instead, Truth has been revealed. As he writes:
"It is not because we are ultra-conservative, or obscurantist, or reactionary or the other horrid things which we are sometimes said to be. It is rather because we love Jesus Christ, and because we are determined, God helping us, to bear witness to his unique glory and absolute sufficiency. In Christ and in the biblical witness to Christ God's revelation is complete; to add any words of our own to his finished work is derogatory to Christ."
My deepest condolences and prayers are with you.