Your Father Is Died

Joanna Fullner

READ : Luke 9:57-62

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. (John 11:25, NIV)

There was a loud knock on our door. One of my husband’s medical students came in and said, “I have a message. Your father is died.” Shortly after we had arrived in China, we learned by fax that my father-in-law had suffered a stroke. Now the news we had been dreading to hear had been delivered. He was dead. We wept together over the loss of this good Christian man.

Each time we went to China we knew it was a real possibility we might not see our elderly parents again. With great sorrow, we would bid them good-bye. We knew if death occurred, it would be too difficult for us to return home in time to grieve with our family. So we stayed where we were.

Family members attended to the necessary details, but it was difficult being far from home. We faxed a eulogy to be read at the funeral and also used this opportunity to talk to our students about how we celebrate the life and death of a Christian. We grieved Dad’s loss but were not without hope. We knew that as believers someday we would be reunited.


O Lord, we pray that from our losses new life will spring forth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.