Even though there are days I cry and really miss my dad, I know I will see him again. I hope and believe in Christ as my dad did and as he taught me. I know he rests now from his labors and one day I shall too; and on the Last Day God will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.
Who through death have unto God ascended!
They have arisen
From the cares which keep us still in prison."
"We are still as in a dungeon living,
Still oppressed with sorrow and misgiving;
Are but toils and troubles and heart-breakings."
"They meanwhile are in their chambers sleeping,
Quiet and set free from all their weeping;
No cross or sadness
There can hinder their untroubled gladness."
"Christ has wiped away their tears forever;
they have that for which we still endeavor.
By them are chanted
Songs that ne'er to mortal ears were granted."
"Come, O Christ, and loose the chains that bind us;
Lead us forth and cast this world behind us.
With You, the Anointed,
Finds the soul its joy and rest appointed." (LSB 679)