One of my favorite places to find inspiration for a song is in scripture. Or as you might call them: scriptureations. My most recent song is called “Hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)”. As you might guess it is based on 1 Thess. 4:13 which reads: “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” Now this verse is nice but it gets its full meaning when you put it in conversation with another verse. A simple verse. It goes: “Jesus Wept” (John 11:35). Another one of my favorites. But here is where it gets meaningful for me: look at these two together. Jesus was standing beside of the grave of one of His closest friends and how did He respond? He wept. He cried over His friend’s grave. Now look at the passage from Thessalonians. Do not grieve like those who have no hope. Mourning. There is nothing wrong with mourning…nothing at all. As long as we do not mourn like people who have no hope.
“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.” -1 Thessalonians 4:14