The following is copied and pasted directly from my (Scott’s) notes from Elli’s Memorial Service. I opened it up this morning and found it to be a great comfort to me as I remember her homegoing 3 years ago today.
When Elli died, a lot changed. But not everything did. In many ways, we do feel like we lost everything when we lost our precious Elli. But through losing her, we have come to know more of Christ and His eternal promises. His promises are unchanging and they will never be revoked. Here are only ten, out of dozens in the scriptures, that have brought the greatest comfort to me personally:
- All things work together for good for those who love God. (Romans 8:28)
- God will never leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- The sufferings of this life are not worthy of comparison to the splendor of heaven. (Romans 8:18)
- God never gives you a trial you cannot bear, but always gives us what we need to endure it by responding in believing obedience. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
- The “God of all comfort” will comfort you so you can comfort others down the road. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
- If you bring your anxiety to God, His peace will still your heart and mind. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Having God’s salvation in a time of profound loss is better than not having God’s salvation in a time of happiness. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
- The testing of your faith produces patience and perseverance to the end. (James 1:2-4)
- If you are a Christian, it is a foregone conclusion that you will suffer with Christ in order that you may be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:17)
- Jesus understands your sorrows and sympathizes with your weaknesses. He was called the “man of sorrows” and was acquainted with grief. He freely gives grace and mercy to help you in your time of need. (Isaiah 53:3, Hebrews 4:15-16)
Through the ups and the downs, the terrifying moments and the serene, the frustrations and the laughs, Elli was an ever-present reminder that God makes no mistakes, and His promises are true.