Dear loving children of Charlotte,
I'm very sorry to read of the sad loss of your beloved Mother, and I want to offer my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I hope that you won't be offended by my writing, as I don't know you; but I really hope that you will find some comfort in these verses.
Acts 24:15 promises, "that there is going to be a resurrection."
Our loving God doesn’t cause sad things to happen to our loved ones, as James 1:13 helps us to understand, ‘When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.’”
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 speaks of God as “the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation.” 1 Peter 5:7 lets us know that we can “throw all our anxiety upon (God), because he cares.” And Isaiah 65:17b tells us that the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” - Thus the heartbreak that we experience now, won’t even be remembered after Jehovah God resurrects our loved ones; thereby undoing the sad effects of death and the pain being separated from them brings.
Death is like sleep. When his friend Lazarus died, Jesus said: "Lazarus our friend has gone to rest, but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep." Jesus' disciples did not understand what he meant. They replied: "Lord, if he has gone to rest, he will get well." The Bible account explains: "Jesus had spoken, however, about his death. But they imagined he was speaking about taking rest in sleep. At that time, therefore, Jesus said to them outspokenly: 'Lazarus has died.'" -John 11:11-14.
The dead will be resurrected. When Jesus arrived at Lazarus' hometown, he consoled Martha, Lazarus' sister, by saying: "Your brother will rise." Jesus then made this profound promise: "I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me even though he dies, will come to life." Jesus' promise was not mere empty words. In front of many eyewitnesses, Jesus resurrected Lazarus, although he had been dead four days. -John 11:23, 25, 38-45.
Jesus also resurrected a young man, the only son of a widow, and a 12 yr. old girl; and so we know that he has the power to resurrect our loved ones too in the future when the time comes for the resurrection! - (Luke 7:11-17; Luke 8:40-56)
Revelation 21:4 promises, “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” - Just imagine -a world with no tears of sorrow, no pain, and no death! And no sickness of any kind as Isaiah 33:24 promises, “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”
Older ones will grow young again as Job 33:25 promises, "Let his flesh become fresher than in youth; Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor."
Loved ones will be resurrected, and welcomed back to life by loving family and friends right here on the earth in the midst of peaceful, beautiful, paradise conditions, as Psalms 37:10, 11, 29 tell about, “And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; and you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” - We can have the opportunity to live together forever in perfect peace, health, and happiness with our loved ones!
Jesus taught his followers to pray: “Our Father in the heavens, . . . Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” - Matthew 6:9, 10 - When God’s Kingdom comes, there will be no more death on the earth, just as there is no death in heaven!
I hope that you are finding comfort in your memories, and I hope that these verses will help too. To consider more of the Bible's beautiful promises, please visit jw.org On the main page, if you scroll down and look on the right side; currently the small tract, "Can the Dead Really Live Again?" is listed. This is very comforting.
Sent by mistybluecjb on 11/11/2013
Vivian, Armando and Richard,
Our most sincere condolences over the loss of your beloved mother. I remember her well from our days in PR. May she rest in peace.
Rick and Tina Espinosa
Sent by Richard Espinosa on 09/08/2010
Ma Lotti bien amimee', when I was but a baby she changed my diapers when we stayed in New York for a while. Later, my mother, Maria Guadlupe, Armando's aunt, would always tell me growing up that I was always her favorite twin; Raymond being the other. My mother, myself and my brother never lost touch with Lotti. Years ago, mom, Lotti and me went to Spain together (my mother's place of birth). The three of us had such a marvelous time together. You see, Armando's mother was from the north of Spain in Asturias. Lotti, God bless her, got to know all of Armando's kin and quite simply loved them all. I remeber being at one of my cousin's weddings when a scuffle between two of my cousins broke out. Siblings whose animosity for each other had been brewing for some time. Any "se engancharon" as they say in Spanish. I remember Lotti and I just looked at each other and headed for the bar where we proceeded to order up a couple of Martinis. we just looked at each other and smirked. Those were indeed salad days. me and Lotti simply understood and loved one another. A couple of days later tooling around Oviedo together we searched and searched for a restaurant. I don't recall the reason why my Mother was not with us, but we found this charming restaurant and had a wonderfull meal and a terrific bottle of red wine. Then we traveled to Busmeon, the three of us in our rented car. We had such a good time in that small village nestled in the Peaks of Europe. Lotti had been there before with Armando so she knew how rustic it was.
My uncle was still alive and the farm was still a working farm with cattle and pigs and such.
Ayy La Lotti, que bien me llevaba con ella. I loved that gal and I am going to dearly miss her. I can only imagine how much her children will. I didn't expect her to go like this. For my own selfish reasons I wanted her to be with us for a long time. But God has a way of doing things that we can't begin to explain. I guess I could say He is a selfish God to take such a wonderfull and loving person from our midst but I know better. Heaven has one more angel and Armando is reunited with his beautifull bride. Je t'aime toujours ma belle et bien aimee' Lotti.
Sent by Charles Anrecio on 09/03/2010