We Passed Another Milestone!

We Passed Another Milestone!
C. Hayden 9-12-17
Our Church has reached a generational milestone in its history! One of our lifelong members, who has spent so
many years as part of the life of Central Christian Church, has gone on to live in eternity with the Lord! This week
we have been and will continue saying goodbye to one of the great matriarchs of our Central Christian Church
congregation. Early Saturday morning, Thais Wilhelm went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ in the glories of
heaven. She passed peacefully and painlessly as God called her home. During this time, those who love her will
surely experience moments that are bittersweet! Bitter because Thais will be missed. She was such an
encouragement to many and
often brought life to those around
her. But it is also sweet
because we know that she is in
heaven, feeling no more
sorrow and no more pain!
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
gives the believer such hope. It says
this, “
Therefore we do not lose
heart. Even though our outward
is perishing, yet the
inward man is being renewed day by
For our light affliction,
which is but for a moment, is
working for us a far more
eternal weight of
while we do not look
at the things which are seen, but at
the things which are not seen.
For the things which are seen
, but the things which
not seen
are eternal
.” The things of this life are so temporary. Pain, suffering,
loss, heartache, tribulation and trials are all temporary and very short-lived in God’s economy. But the joy and
riches of heaven with His blessings are ever abundant and never-ending!
Jesus put it this way,
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you
have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”
(John 16:33
NKJV). Yes, we will experience
pain, physical, and emotional, while traversing this world. But Jesus experienced the same so that He might
purchase a joyous eternity for us. It often is very bitter to say goodbye to those we love, but for believers in Christ,
saying goodbye to those we love carries with it great joy knowing that we will someday be together again in the
Kingdom of God.
When you feel troubled at times, remember the words Jesus spoke to His disciples,
“Let not your heart be
troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if
it were
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and
receive you to Myself; that where I am,
you may be also” (John 14:1-3). Goodbye Thais, enjoy the glories of
heaven with the Lord…we will be with you again—very soon!
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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