A few months ago I lost someone that I love and respect, and it has been really tough for all of us. There are still moments that the present seems surreal and the past seems like a more comfortable place to be. My children, and my nephew ask questions that we struggle to answer, as we try to return to normalcy. But we take comfort in knowing that while our loved one is gone away from us, he is in a better place where sickness and pain give way to joy and happiness. Those of us who are saved, as my loved one was, know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, and we find new life in heaven. Although the hurt is still there we know that he is in a better place, and we know that if we continue to follow a Christian path we will see him again one day. Knowing that we will make it to heaven is one of the best parts of being a Christian. Getting our reward is part of a job on earth well done. Everybody doesn't make it in. So being a Christian is like being part of an elite group of people. Those who believe that they have been born again, and have brand new life even in death. Amen!