My Dad Frank Purvis was Bob's Room Mate for over 4 years. We loved Bob, and helped him out a lot bringing him in lunches, and treats when we did for Frank. He sure is missed by us all. God bless you all during this sad time in your life. R.I.P. Bob, we miss you so much.
I did not personally know Mr. Rude, but I have experienced the loss of a loved one. It is times like these that we may need to be reminded of God's guarantee regarding death and the resurrection.
Death was not God’s purpose for mankind and his purpose has not changed. God’s word says 'death is an enemy' and promises it will be 'brought to nothing'. (1Corinthians 15:26) Psalm 34:18 says, "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." So, God does care about our pain and grief so much so that he guarantees the restoration of life or as one definition says, "the state of one risen from the dead".
As you know, Jesus not only spoke of the coming resurrection (John 5:21, 28, 29), he himself was resurrected by his Father and performed many miracles including resurrections. So, starting with Jesus, all resurrections took place here on earth.
God's word assures us that the grief and sorrow we experience is temporary (Revelation 21:4) because God is a promise keeper and we will have the prospect of seeing our loved ones again! (Acts 24:15) This truth not only provides hope for the future but serves to comfort us even now.
May God bless your family and the friends of Mr. Rude in the coming days.........
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