Loved Ones with Special Challenges

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Maybe you have a loved one who has special challenges or who died early in life. Stay hopeful! They will enjoy the full life in Christ for which they were created and redeemed.

Put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. Psalm 130:7 (NIV)

Full redemption? What does that mean? Imagine you have a niece. Let’s call her Sage. Sage is a great joy to your family. She is seven years old and she has cerebral palsy. 

Sage lives a full life, but she cannot speak. When she was born, the doctors wondered if she would be able to support the weight of her head. But she has made amazing progress. Now she can walk and even run a little, but she can’t skip, she can’t coordinate her movement. She knows that she is different.

Here’s what God’s rescue in Christ looks like for her: One day Sage will not only walk, she will skip and dance. She will reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ uniquely, in a way that is distinct from the rest of us, in her resurrected body as well as in her redeemed soul.

Maybe you have a loved one who has special challenges or who died early in life. You feel that they missed out on so much. No, they didn’t! You wonder what age will they be in Christ’s new creation. No one knows that, but know this: Your son, your daughter, your friend, your loved one—will enjoy the full life in Christ for which he or she was created and redeemed.

That’s the promise of God to all who are in Jesus Christ. And he does not keep this as a surprise. He wants you to know it now, through the tears and in the frustration, so that you may have hope!  Not a half-life afterwards, but glorious freedom in the presence of Christ.

What does this promise mean to you?


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