Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday's Mourning Ministry Empty Arms ~Reba McEntire ~Lyrics revised for bereaved parents

Monday's Mourning Ministry

Empty Arms

~Reba McEntire

~Lyrics revised for bereaved parents

Empty Arms

~Reba McEntire

*lyrics revised for bereaved parents, in bold

Empty arms
That long for you
And they wait,
Dear, just for you

And these arms
Will stay this way
Till you return
To them some Day

Each lonely night
I go to bed
I hug the pillow
Where you used to lay your head

Empty arms
But not for long
I'll join my baby, 
when I go Home…

And when I
Walk through Heav'n's Door
These empty arms
I'll have no more


And when I
Walk through Heav'n's door,
These empty arms
I'll have no more

These empty arms
I'll have no more


Scriptures for Bereaved Parents:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

~John 14:1-4, NIV

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a Country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better Country—a Heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a City for them.

~Hebrews 11:13-16, NIV

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:39-40, NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

~Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV

For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the City that is to come.

~Hebrews 13:14, NIV

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.

~1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, NIV

(Some capitalizations, mine)

NIV = New International Version of The Holy Bible


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