Our Hope of Salvation
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13, ESV)
Monday morning we learned our brother and friend, Bob Clark, died during the night. It has been a very challenging journey these last ten months. For family, friends, and our church family, we have felt a heavy grief as we not only work to accept the loss but also to understand why this needed to happen.
It is not for us to understand why the Lord chose to work this way, only to trust Him as we walk through this. We are allowed to grieve, but we are to continue living as well … continuing to be inspired by Bob and June’s lives, continuing to believe that God is working through these events not only in our lives but also through our lives.
In the months I got to know Bob, what stood out to me most was his emotional connection to Christ. He was humbled to be saved. He desired to serve others the way Christ had served him. He was open about his strengths and weaknesses and willing to learn and grow. He shared his life with others. He was passionate about all he did.
As we process all our thoughts and feelings on this, let us do so together. Let us also allow them to point us towards God in trust rather than away in question. Let us focus our hope in our salvation and eternal future in heaven rather than on this life.
A memorial service for Bob will be Saturday, March 23, 2pm at Nechako Community Church.