Rejoicing Through Tears

“O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Cor. 15:55-58

Thank you to all who have prayed for the Gous family this week.  Yesterday morning was the memorial service and funeral.  Its hard to put into words what it was like.  A 18 year old boy full of life is gone and everyone there today felt that.  Our church usually holds 200+ people on a Sunday.  Wade said that the finally lost count of cars at 250 and we estimate there were well over 400 people who attended.  People were standing anywhere you could find a spot.

Jesse’s brother Julio and his dad Mark gave eulogies.  It was heartbreaking to listen to them.  There love for Jesse was so strong.  Mark said “Jesse has finished his race, and he finished strong”.  If you were here you would have heard the words of an earthly father rejoicing that his son was now with his Heavenly Father.  “Thank you for borrowing Jesse to us for 18 precious years”.  A very real reminder of what the role of being a parent is.  Everything about the service spoke of our good Father in heaven.  God was so glorified through the words and actions of the family, and those serving and the message.

Jesse’s impact in people’s lives was so evident in all who were there.  Jesse died last Saturday in a car accident. There were 3 other boys in the car with him.  Two of those boys also passed away last weekend.  The third boy, Cornè walked away with minor injuries.  He was at the service.  By God’s grace he came to know Christ as his Savior yesterday!!!  I tear up every time I imagining this picture of when Cornè gets to heaven for him to see Jesse again, as a brother.

The sting of death feels so strong.  For Mark and Valentia to have to bury their son is devastating.  But because of the death and resurrection of Christ He overcame death and has conquered it.  If not for that there would be no hope today.  But because of it there can be rejoicing in the midst of tears, lots of tears.

A very sobering way to lead us into Good Friday and Easter.  We pray that your hearts are also getting ready.  Thank you for praying for the Gous family and the weekend.  We continue to pray for them as the reality of life hits in the weeks to come.


Tara McComas


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