Just before I left Naomi's school/day-care after I dropped her off this morning, one of her teachers stopped me at the front door. He was holding his Holy Bible in Bahasa Melayu and said "Naomi's Mommy. Can we have a word?"
He sat down on a small blue bench in the car porch then I sat down too.
"What happened?" I curiously asked him.
"No. I just would like to share the words of God that came to me when you picked Naomi up last week and I was gardening then. When I saw you last week, some Bible verses came to me and God (or Holy Spirit - I can't remember) wanted me to share those words with you."
"I noticed you have been posting about your late son on Facebook so I thought of sharing these with you." he opened his Bible. "1 Thessalonians 4:13-15. You read this." he passed his Bible to me.
Since I was kind of caught off guard when Naomi's teacher sat me down and suddenly talked about Dylan, I hastily read the verses he asked me to read.
"You understand what this means?"
"Hmm." I nodded. "About those who had passed".
I don't recall what he exactly told me earlier but roughly this is the gist of his explanation of the pointed verses, "Your son was a believer. We are also believers. Basically, in your case, God has taken care of your son. He took your son and is now having him with the other believers in Heaven. Because you are also a believer, one day you will reunite with your son in a place that God has dedicated for His followers. You should have hope because you have a family or someone who is waiting for you up there."
When I reached home, I quickly searched for the verses that Naomi's teacher told me about by using the help of Google. I wanted to know more about this.
Seconds later, I found the English version of the verses discussed and when I particularly looked for 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, the below came out.
Comfort about Christians who Have Died
But we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve like other people who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so through Jesus God will bring those who have died with him. For we declare to you what the Lord has told us to say:[a] We who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have died.
These verses talk about comforts for the grieving hearts.
Not too satisfied with the English version, I wanted to read these verses in Bahasa Indonesia as well. I then frantically looked for my old Bible written in Bahasa Indonesia. My English Bible (a gift from a best friend for my baptism on Christmas 2008) is in the book shelf... but my Indonesian Bible is not.. Where is it? After searching high and low, I finally found my old Bible in one of the drawers in the family area upstairs. Phew! Admittedly, I have not been reading this old Bible of mine for years as recently I utilize the convenience offered by smartphones and internet for reading some Bible verses.
Anyway, here's the Indonesian version of these verses that I copied from my Bible.
1 Tesalonika 4:13-15
13 Selanjutnya kami tidak mau, saudara-saudara, bahwa kamu tidak mengetahui tentang mereka yang meninggal, supaya kamu jangan berduka cita seperti orang-orang lain yang tidak mempunyai pengharapan. 14 Karena jikalau kita percaya, bahwa Yesus telah mati dan telah bangkit, maka kita percaya juga bahwa mereka yang telah meninggal dalam Yesus akan dikumpulkan Allah bersama-sama dengan Dia. 15 Ini kami katakan kepadamu dengan firman Tuhan: kita yang hidup, yang masih tinggal sampai kedatangan Tuhan sekali-kali tidak akan mendahului mereka yang telah meninggal.When I found the verses in my old Bible, I realized that I already had some words highlighted and underlined (as shown above) when I read this chapter years ago.
Coincidence? I don't know.
Moving on, I shared these verses via Whatsapp with my BFF in Indonesia who had just lost her mother few months back.
Upon reading my message, she commented, "I have forgotten about these verses".
"Me neither. I only remember the verse that talks about children coming to the Kingdom of God when I think of Dylan. Let your sister know about these verses as well."
She further read this chapter and informed me, "The last part of the chapter goes - Encourage one another with these words. How apt. These verses suit me, you and my sister's situation now."
Having said the last verse that my BFF mentioned, I am sharing these verses here too so other angel parents or other fellow Christians who are currently grieving for the loss of their loved ones can also seek comforts in these words.
Finally... I hope Naomi's teachers have not discovered the existence of my blog nor read this blog post; otherwise, it's going to be awkward.