Lord God, thank you for this beautiful word picture, penned by Paul, inspired by your Holy Spirit. I take heart. I take hope. I am encouraged in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ESV)