"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Revelation 21:4, NIV
Some weekends ago, we went up to my aunt's house. In our nighttime prayer, just before tucking her into bed, my daughter Namine prayed: "Dear Jesus, help my aunt not be so old. Amen."
To understand where that came from, let me give you a little context. Earlier that day, my aunt's leg was bothering her, and she had said as much. Namine gets around pretty fast in her wheelchair, so she needed her to slow down. Namine responded, as five year olds are wont to do, with "Why?"
"Well, because I'm old."
Namine said okay, and that seemed to be the end of it. I would have thought she'd forgotten all about it, but she didn't. That night she prayed that her great-aunt wouldn't be so old, equating age with pain. She's had her share of pain as well, with the countless surgeries that she's endured, but her thoughts are ever focused on others.
Pray: Heavenly Father, remind us daily of Your promises. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son, so that we may one day join you in heaven. In Jesus' name, Amen.