No Words

Every week I love sharing a Hebrew word with you. This week I have no words. Kevin, my husband of 23 years, passed away on Friday September 10th, at the age of 50. Things happen in an instant. Life changes in a moment.

But as the writer of the book of Hebrews announced, Jesus the Messiah is the same yesterday and today, and forever (Mark 12:8)… and that carries me forward, because what Yeshua (Jesus) was all about was bringing people to the Kingdom. He pointed them Home.

Death and funerals always bring the question of heaven and eternal life back into the forefront. Will there be life beyond this life? Is there really a heaven? Yeshua announced this:

John 14:1-3

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be.”

The Bible begins in a garden (Genesis 2:8-15) and ends in a garden (Revelation 22:1-5). Human (adam) life (khava) was created in the garden of Eden. It’s where God wanted humans to be… with Him in His Kingdom. But humans foolishly took advantage of the garden’s generosity and tried to be gods of their own making. They couldn’t stay because their greed and pride would be a blight on God’s Space, and so humanity was exiled out of the Garden and into wilderness.

But YHWH wouldn’t leave us stranded. He made a plan to save us.

To redeem us and give us back our eternal life in the garden, YHWH would become the Great Sacrifice. He would offer a part of Himself to die so we could live. That’s the kind of Creator we have. YHWH’s is a God who will do anything to restore our souls and bring us back Home.

Isaiah 28:15-18b

Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have made a pact. The gushing flood will not reach us when it passes by, because we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.” 

Therefore this is what the Lord YHWH says:

“Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. The one who believes in it will not be disturbed.

“I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level; then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the secret place.

Your covenant with death will be canceled, and your pact with Sheol will not stand.”

And so Yeshua, the Cornerstone, would anchor us to the Kingdom. His death would nullify our pact with the grave, and pay our entrance fee back into YHWH’s Garden Home. And the wonderful thing about YHWH, is that death can not hold Him down. He is the God of Life and death has no hold on the Creator. Yeshua (Jesus) went to the grave but He would not stay there. He would rise up and go home to His Father.

And now all who follow Him are offered the same reward… to rise from the grave and stand alongside their Creator.

Sarah & Kevin (photo by Brian Eng)

For some of you, this may be hard to believe. And that is okay. God never says, ‘believe everything or forget it’. All God asks of you is to genuinely seek Him:

Jeremiah 29:13-14

[YHWH:]And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heartI will let Myself be found by you, declares YHWH, “and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you,” declares YHWH, “and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.”

This is one of those passages that has multiple layers of meaning. It was the time of the Babylonian conquest. The Jewish people had been defeated, driven out of their homes, and dragged to Babylon. But YHWH promised to bring them back from exile. On a grander scale, there was also a bigger promise at play. YHWH would also return us to our original place of exile: the Garden of Eden, YHWH’s Kingdom. 

Death is not final; it’s a new, beautiful, beginning. We get to go home to YHWH… we get to walk with Him in the Garden and see His face. It is the epitome of pure peace and it’s at the core of Aaron’s blessing in the Torah:

Numbers 6:24-26

“YHWH bless you, and keep you.

YHWH cause His face to shine on you, and be gracious to you.

YHWH lift up His face to you, and give you peace.”

If you’re struggling with this, please reach out to me at hebrewwordlessons@gmail.com, and remember, it’s okay to struggle, it’s okay to question, it’s okay to say ‘I’m not sure I get it’… But don’t let these things stop you from taking a leap of faith. What do you have to lose, but eternal life itself?

There are many rooms waiting for occupancy in YHWH’s House, and one of them is yours for the taking.

Seek His face, so that when you take your final breath you will enter freely into the Garden, face your Creator, and celebrate your new home in the Kingdom of YHWH. That is where my husband is today. 

Live in peace, my husband, my love. Shalom.

שלום

39 thoughts on “No Words”

  1. Hi Sarah,
    It is awesome, to hear that assurance in the midst of your temporary distress, – that what comes through; is the heart you share totally founded on Philip. 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    As well as the assurance of Romans 8:35-39
    35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

    “For Your sake we are killed all day long;
    We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

    37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Our prayer for you at this time, is that you will be flooded with a double portion of the that peace and assurance. in Christ Jesus.

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  2. Dear Sarah, my heart goes out to you. I am sorry for the loss of your husband Kevin. Praying for The LORD’S comfort and peace to surround you today and always.

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  3. Today, 9.25.2021, I happened to come across your website as I was doing a study on the Lord’s Supper. I liked what I saw, and then I read the latest post as I clicked on the home tab. I saw that your husband died, and I felt sad. My heart hurt for you, especially because I just learned of your site. I pray the Lord’s peace and grace be upon you and your family during this period of transition. Inspite of the pain I feel, you lifted me up by your encouraging post. God’s love be upon you.

    Love in Jesus, a brother in Christ. Until we all meet at home with Christ.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this news about your husband. I am so thankful that he is with Jesus now. You are inspiring to me, because even in your grief and mourning, you continued to serve our beautiful God. Thank you, you are a blessing Lana ❤️

    On Sunday, September 19, 2021, Hebrew Word Lessons wrote:

    > hebrewwordlessons posted: “Every week I love sharing a Hebrew word with > you. This week I have no words. Kevin, my husband of 23 years, passed away > on Friday September 10th, at the age of 50. Things happen in an instant. > Life changes in a moment. But as the writer of the book of Heb” >

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  5. Praying for His great comfort, love and peace to cover your soul, spirit and body. Thank you for being a conduit in releasing wisdom from above. Blessings to you and your family.

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  6. I’ve just come across your blog. I know the pain of losing a loved one as my wife and I lost our daughter when she was 43 yrs old to colon cancer. As a follower of Jesus it is bitter-sweet. her suffering has ended and she’s with Jesus. However, we’re without her and the void will not end until we see her face to face.

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    1. Hi Ray… My deepest condolences regarding the loss of your daughter. Grief is an expression of love and we can all look forward to seeing our loved ones again, and seeing them in the Presences of YHWH will be glorious! Shalom!

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  7. My thoughts and prayers go with you! Shalom!

    On Sun, Sep 19, 2021 at 4:03 AM Hebrew Word Lessons wrote:

    > hebrewwordlessons posted: “Every week I love sharing a Hebrew word with > you. This week I have no words. Kevin, my husband of 23 years, passed away > on Friday September 10th, at the age of 50. Things happen in an instant. > Life changes in a moment. But as the writer of the book of Heb” >

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  8. Thank you for this beautiful post, shared in the midst of your pain. My heart and prayers go out to you. This morning, I literally woke up to John 14:1-3 in my mind. I know Jesus and His words will bring you comfort in the days ahead.

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  9. Sarah, I am so sorry for your temporary loss. You and I have chatted via email on two or three occasions and I’ve come to appreciate you. But what you said today spoke to me in such a powerful way. You are a SOLID Child of God. Your wisdom and strength during this time of legitimate grief spoke volumes. Kevin is with the Lord. You and I will both be with the Lord, along with countless others. But what you said and the way you said it will almost certainly persuade others of the truth of the Christian faith. God bless you, sister. You’re in my prayers along with your family. Michael

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  10. I am so sorry for your great loss, Sarah. Thank you for sharing. The Lord has made a Way. May He continue to strengthen and bless you and your family during this difficult time.

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    1. Hi Tim! Thanks for your kind words. I often think back to when we were kids at North Bruce and all the fun we had… you, your brothers, me, Jill and Jamie… we were quite a bunch! I know that you are no stranger to loss and grief… but there is joy that we will all be together again, in the Presence of our Creator! That is Good News!

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  11. My deepest condolences to you , I know it’s hard but I also know Christ Jesus is close to you, holding you and telling you , it will pass Isaiah 53:3 Christ is familiar with all sufferings , yours too , he has sent the Holy Spirit to comfort you daily , you don’t stop loving your husband , you merely love the memories more and be assured to see him on the other shore. Stay blessed , you are in my prayers all way here in South Africa ; Sending warm big hugs to wrap you in the Abbas love ,clinging you to him.

    Hug HEBREW WORD STUDY – A HUG – DEVEQ – דבק Genesis 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cling unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Deuteronomy 4:4: “But ye that did cling unto the LORD your God [are] alive every one of you this day.”

    I hear the Lord say you are never and will never be alone for he is with you always.there is a greater intimacy waiting for you as you lean into him.

    Blessings From the desk of Queen Natalie

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  12. Oh Sarah, All of us who follow your weekly word posts and how extraordinary you are at sharing your wisdom are now sharing in your sadness. Please find comfort in knowing how much you matter and as you know God’s compassion and love will strengthen you. We all feel like humpty dumpty when he fell off the wall and broke to pieces. Our respect and love for you is strong and we are here to give you what ever support you need. Our hands are extended so just grab one when you need to feel the light we all share. It is not a scary movie it is a bunch of hands making up a protective bubble around you, Ashley

    Sent from Mail for Windows

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  13. Sarah, your faithful posts are treasured, each of them, but perhaps more so this week. You’ve given us good words of promise, and reminded us of God’s care. Kevin’s in His presence. We hug you and the girls in your pain, and his absence, remembering Kevin’s great love for you and his beautiful smile. Shalom.

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  14. Thank you for sharing so beautifully a clear t telling of the gospel. And i am so sorry for your loss of a dear husband. May the Lord comfort you and family with peace that passes earthly understanding.

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