Everything in this world eventually comes to an end, which at times can be disheartening. It's the feeling you get when you read a book that's so good you don't want it to end. Or when you watch a movie that you wish would go on for just a while longer.

However, all things, good and bad, do come to "The End." In fact, life ultimately does come to a end, sometimes sooner than we desire. All of us who have stood by the casket of a friend or loved one know very well the painful emptiness of a heart that wishes it wasn't over yet.

So let not your heart be troubled. Our sorrow is real, but we can be filled with gratitude because God "gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ". In Christ, the end is only the beginning.