Yes, when we lose someone....especially someone we love who rejects God...it can be so very difficult.<quoted text>
My dad died from oat cell cancer( asbestos). My mom was a cathiloic, my dad was a japanese Jew. My oldest brother brought his baptist preacher to see my dad a few days before he died. We left them alone for a bit, after about ten minutes the preacher came out of my dads bedroom, rather red faced and left with out saying a word. My dad then informed my brother that in all his days he had no use for god, and the fact that he was dieing was not going to change it.... my dad responded in this way. " When I die, cremate me. Take my ashes to the Pacific Ocean. Spread my ashes on the sea, have them dance on my grave, see if any of them walk on water" . Huh maybe thats where I get it from
It can have profound effect on our children lives.
My mother-in-law I would describe as an agnostic...taking after her father. She would say his favorite line was, "the people who are the worst sinners are sitting in thew first row of the church."
She was hard to share the good news of Jesus Christ with...she had hardened her heart towards Him for so long....but my wife and I were faithful and we shared it with her until she died...sharing her the good news as she laid in bed, to weak to respond or acknowledge if she could hear us. God has shown me twice, two elderly women suffering with dementia and Alzheimer...they could hear me as I shared the good news with them....God showed me they could in their spirit still receive eternal life.....while there is breath...there is hope.....and so.....my wife and I still have hope Grandma heard us and repented of her sin and trusted in Jesus as she took her last breath....only God knows for sure.
I know these words have mo comfort for you....I have none to give you.....nothing I can say could ease the pain if the bible is true and your dad has rejected Christ....you know what the bible teaches...I cannot comfort you with words well maybe he is in heaven....I am sorry for this.
I only have the encouraging words my pastor spoke to me as my wife and I told him about grandma. He reminded us of her love for us...that no matter what...she would want us to have eternal life because she loved us.....she would not want us to make the same decision she has made if she never came to faith in Jesus Christ.
He explained, grandma would be like the rich man who was asking for the salvation of his brothers.....to send someone to warn them to not make the same mistake he had made. Knowing grandma....I know this is true...she loved her family enough she would not want us to miss out on heaven even if she herself decided against trusting in Jesus.
We also have these comforting words what will happen in heaven....and although we cannot fully understand how God will accomplish this....I know it is true.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
I pray, do not let your pain keep you from seeking God, but allow your love for your father drive you to the cross as it did me.
I pray you will have eternal life.....and that you will bring your children and grandchildren with you...for unless you become saved....there is a possibility they will follow the same path your father did...and now the same path you find yourself on.
This was a very sensitive post I had to make to you....like walking on egg shells....I wrote this to you in love.....love that you will come to know Jesus Christ as Lord God and receive eternal life....and then your generations can be blessed as you share the good news of Jesus Christ with them....and because of their love for you...they will listen....and be given faith that brings them eternal life.
This is how the Kingdom of God is filled with family, friends, and loved ones, and neighbors.
God loves you and so do I!