Grief is something that we all have to face. We have all lost someone that we love and have no doubt felt the sorrow and pain that results. As a Christian, however, that sorrow is coupled with hope. Those who know Christ as Savior need “sorrow not as those who have no hope”. (I Thess. 4:13) Rather, we possess the blessed hope that our loved ones are with Jesus—which is far better! We also rest assured that we will see them again in heaven.
I wanted to write a song, though, that communicated both sorrow and hope. I feared that pastors often weigh too heavily on the side of hope. I have felt at times that we ministers are in danger of making people feel guilty about grieving the loss. Yet, Christ Himself grieved and even wept over His friend Lazarus. It is a very natural and spiritual thing to grieve. Our love for each other should be intense enough to warrant an emotional response. So, in the song I attempted to blend the two—sorrow and hope.
This song was inspired by the death of my Aunt Judy who was so loving, fun, and full of life! Her sudden death at the age of 42 was and still is a shock to our family. We truly miss you Judy. Christmas in KY will never be the same. We cling, however, to that wonderful truth…a promise from God that you are with Jesus and that we will see you again. I speak for the whole family, however, when I say “I Still Miss You.”