And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven of God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God: and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more:the first things are passed away.
Today we buried my Aunt Kay. She was the widow of my favorite Uncle Gus. He was the youngest of the Gossard Brothers who farmed the land of Tipton County, Indiana. The Gossard family farmed this land since the 1870s.
Only God knows whether her recent profession of faith was genuine The Pastor read these verses, among others, to claim that only those who confess their sins and trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior can have the Revelation Peace that John writes about. It was a bittersweet service. Glad that she was no longer suffering and that my mother can finally rest after caring for her for the past 18 months.
Aunt Kay, widow of Donald "Uncle Gus" Gossard. 1917-2013.