Karen's Hope

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Welcome - Obituary

Prayer (Uncle Dave)

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Song - “In The Garden” (verses 1-2)

My Memories

Encouraging, maybe she didn’t even know it
Epitome of potential “life’s not fair”
Playing cards, positive about roommates, good and healthy to be around her
(Kyle said) she was so very selfless, concerned with family*
I know she wanted others, especially family, to trust Jesus, and to be surrounded by good influences

Other Memories (family, friends)?

Song - “In the Garden (verses 3-4)


Ecclesiastes 7:2 NASB95
It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart.
I’d rather be here than at some party with the lost
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1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 NASB95
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.


Key words

Surety - “will”
Comfort - for us, right now, for times like these
Karen was at peace with her Redeemer
She never lost faith
(Dave said) she was never the “sick” one

Why was she so sure, and why can we indeed be comforted?

Job 19:25–26 NASB95
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. “Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
Job 19:25 NASB95
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
Job 19:5–26 NASB95
“If indeed you vaunt yourselves against me And prove my disgrace to me, Know then that God has wronged me And has closed His net around me. “Behold, I cry, ‘Violence!’ but I get no answer; I shout for help, but there is no justice. “He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has put darkness on my paths. “He has stripped my honor from me And removed the crown from my head. “He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone; And He has uprooted my hope like a tree. “He has also kindled His anger against me And considered me as His enemy. “His troops come together, And build up their way against me And camp around my tent. “He has removed my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me. “My relatives have failed, And my intimate friends have forgotten me. “Those who live in my house and my maids consider me a stranger. I am a foreigner in their sight. “I call to my servant, but he does not answer; I have to implore him with my mouth. “My breath is offensive to my wife, And I am loathsome to my own brothers. “Even young children despise me; I rise up and they speak against me. “All my associates abhor me, And those I love have turned against me. “My bone clings to my skin and my flesh, And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth. “Pity me, pity me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me. “Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh? “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! “That with an iron stylus and lead They were engraved in the rock forever! “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. “Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
She KNEW (and now also KNOWS) that her Redeemer lives
HER redeemer - very personal
Like Job, she found her comfort in God, not life
She was physically weak, and spiritually strong
She knew this world could fail us, but that God never will (thus, love not the world, but rather love Jesus)
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She knew what we all must know
We are all sinners, given a free gift while yet sinners, confessed Jesus as her Savior, her Lord
Will you confess that?
What would stop you today?
Karen will be (WILL be) resurrected to a glorified body in Heaven. Her spirit is there now, absent from the body
She’d like to meet you in the air when she is there with Jesus (not a Hollywood stunt)
Will you?
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