Catholic devotional DAILY DEVOTIONS: Dec 5 'Wiping Away Tears'

'Wiping Away Tears'
Advent Weekday
On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
A feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
...he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces.
- Isaiah 25:6, 8
This passage has been read at every funeral in my family. The lavish abundance Isaiah describes helps me picture my loved one "on the mountain" of afterlife, joyfully welcomed. After my sister's funeral ten years ago, we drove to my niece's house for a meal of rich food and choice wines. That physical connection with these ancient words brought poignant consolation.

The most recent family funeral was for my daughter-in-law's father. The youngest child there, his great-grandson, did not stay in his seat. When he heard someone crying, he would grab a tissue and run to hand it to them to wipe away their tears.
Beloved God, in such tangible ways, you let us know how close and real your love is, now and after death. Thank you!
- Patricia Livingston


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