Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8, ESV)
Joseph Parker (1830-1902) was a beloved English preacher. When his wife died, he didn’t have the customary wording inscribed on her gravestone. Instead of the word died followed by the date of her death, he chose the word ascended. Parker found great comfort in being reminded that though his wife’s body had been placed in the grave, the real Mrs. Parker had been transported to heaven and into the presence of her Savior. When we ourselves face the promise of dying, there’s great comfort in the fact that it is a better to be in the presence of the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, it will be glorious to be in your presence, but help me glorify you today.