When Jesus left earth,
He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us,
thereby multiplying exponentially His presence and power among us.
We are made in His image.
He in us and we in Him.
If death had no power over Him, it has no power over us.
Even in the death of his saints,
death is defeated-
because just as the death of Jesus resulted in power being released,
so is power released when His beloved leave their place here.
Their absence calls to mind their virtues.
Their memory beckons to our desire,
and their love calls us to action.
A seed dies, and a mighty tree grows.
Oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord.