Statesboro, GA, USA
I'm sorry ... I don't want to trivialize life, now, here. And though you might think my view inevitably leads to that, that was not my intent. What I said was indeed to convey my belief that the most precious of moments on Earth are contingent upon Heaven's Eternity. But after having reread your reply, I see that you were expressing something that is also salient and true, and may help John comprehend how mourning and the hope of Eternal Life may be reconciled. Life here is still precious, and death is still a real and palpable loss, regardless of what may be regained later. If the Christian hereafter is thought of not as a replacement, but a kind of refrain, cadence, or continuing movement of what was begun before, then grief and this kind of hope can dwell together.