We know that in Christ, death is not final. Christ wins; the victory is His and His alone.
Essentially, Satan loses. Is that where the “Did I do enough?” “Had I seen him enough?” “When was the last time I talked to him?” thoughts come from? Does Satan plant those to drive a wedge with those of us he hasn’t lost yet? Our loved one has gone Home. Eternally. No longer tempted, tried, hurting. Is Satan’s only defense to try to break down those that are left behind with thoughts that aren’t even important?
Even in celebrating eternal life and a life well-lived on earth, I don’t know many people who don’t have at least some twinge of “what if” when someone moves from this life to the next. Satan is the king of lies. The planter of doubt.
I hadn’t put that together until this morning. So, to him, I say, “Get behind me, Satan!”
I choose joy. I choose celebration of life and proclamation of eternal victory claimed.