WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE GOES TO HEAVEN
(Bible Passages of Comfort for God’s People)

As many of you may know, the Lord has chosen to take our 2nd grade teacher, Miss MyKayla Jensen to be with him in heaven. While this is a difficult time for our church and school family as we grieve the loss of a beloved teacher and faithful co-worker, we take comfort in the hope that we have in Jesus our Savior. He has conquered sin and death by his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. His promise is life everlasting for his children. We rejoice that MyKayla is with her Lord.

The following statements and Bible passages were distributed to our school families to help parents and children talk about death and grief. I pray that this will be a blessing to you whenever your loved ones go to heaven.

On behalf of the pastors, faculty, staff, and school families, I would like to thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement in this difficult time. We trust that God will continue to bless our ministry as we strive to grow in God’s Word and share Jesus with everyone.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Peter Sulzle

God is in control of life and death.
My times are in your hands. (Psalm 31:15)
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well…all the days
ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:14,16)

We may not understand why God chose to take our loved one at this time, but we trust God’s will.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

We thank God that he gave our loved one the time to come to know Jesus as their Savior. This is God’s will for
everyone.
My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. (John 6:40)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

We thank God for the faithful service of our loved one while they were with us on earth.
Well done, good and faithful servant! (Matthew 25:21)
The King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:34,40)

We may be sad, lonely or even angry at times. That’s normal. We miss our loved one, but we grieve with hope in
Jesus and his promises.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again…so we will be with the Lord forever. (I Thessalonians 4:13,14,17)

We know that our loved one who believed in Jesus is in heaven because Jesus died to pay for our sins and
defeated death by his resurrection from the dead.
The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (I John 1:7)
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. (John 11:25)
Because I live, you also will live [forever in heaven]. (John 14:19)
Christ Jesus has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:10)

The believer is victorious in life and in death through Jesus.
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the lord of both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:8-9)

Our loved one who believed in Jesus is in heaven. They have perfect peace and happiness with Jesus. We’re happy for them.
You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11)
[In heaven] he will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.
(Revelation 21:3,4)

Nothing can separate you or your loved one from the love of Jesus.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither life nor death…will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35,37-39)

God has given you loved ones who care for you – parents, teachers, pastors, and friends. Speak to them openly
and honestly about how you are feeling and what you are thinking so they can comfort you with God’s promises.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

It’s OK to play and be happy. Your loved one would want you to be happy and to enjoy the blessings of life that Jesus gives to you.
My soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation. (Psalm 35:9)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

Take your cares to the Jesus. He will care for you.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (I Peter 5:6-7)
Call upon me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you and you will honor me. (Psalm 50:15)
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest…for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

You and your loved one who is in heaven belong to the Lord. You are his child. Let that truth give you peace and
comfort in this difficult time.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…my sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:14,27,28)
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (I John 3:1)