Crossroads: When We All Get to Heaven, All Saint’s Day

Isaiah 25:6-9

Your Story

Talk about special loved ones who have died. Tell your children about their importance in your life. Focus especially on those who trusted in God.

My Story and the Bible Story

I love singing the hymn “When We all Get to Heaven.” It reminds me that even though some of my loved ones have died, I will see them again. Here are the words:

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing his mercy and his grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.

When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when trav’ling days are over
Not a shadow, not a sigh.

“While we walk the pilgrim pathway, clouds will overspread the sky.” When we are walking through life, we will face hard times. There will be bad things that happen and there will be hard days. Though there will be good days as well, those clouds will still be there. But, when the traveling days are over, when we leave this Earth, those shadows will be gone. We can rejoice because we will see Jesus!

Read Isaiah 25:6-9.

Isaiah reminds us that the Lord will prepare a feast for us, that God will swallow up death forever and wipe away our tears. And we will be able to say that we trusted in God and he saved us. Death is part of our lives, and we grieve in many ways when someone we love dies. Isaiah tells us that eventually, God will get rid of death forever. And he promises that if we trust in God, He will save us. Today we celebrate All Saint’s Day. We remember important Christians who have gone before us and taught people about Jesus. We remember people in our own lives who helped us believe, and we remember our loved ones who have died. We remember those who trusted in God, and we believe that they are with God. Isaiah gives us a beautiful promise of heaven, that God will prepare a feast and that we will all be together. He promises that God will wipe away our tears. We can remember our loved ones with smiles because we know we will see them again. We will feast with them at God’s table! And in those days, death will be no more!

Discussion and Prayer

1. Talk to your kids about death and grieving. What strategies do we have for coping with sadness and loss? Remind them that though we won’t see our loved one for a while, we believe that we will all be together with God one day.
2. Imagine who will be at that feast in heaven. Talk about what it might look like.
3. Talk about ways your loved ones who have died trusted in God.
4. Pray, thanking God that we will see our loved ones again. Ask for help in trusting God.

Rev. Jessica Asbell is the Minister to Children and Families at First Baptist Roswell, where she has been serving since 2012. She has written the children’s curriculum for Smyth & Helwys’s Annual Bible Study for the books of Daniel; Ezekiel; Luke; Jonah; 1 Corinthians; 1, 2, 3 John and Jude; Colossians; The Story of Israel’s Ancestors: Living toward a Promise; and Where Faith & Family Meet: A Book of Weekly Devotions. She has also written for CBF’s Spark and Form and for Affect in CBF’s fellowship! magazine. Married to Jonathan Oravec, Jessica reads every chance she gets.

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