Remembering Lenya Avery Lusko
Last night in Kalispell, Montana at Fresh Life Church, I spoke at the memorial service for Lenya Avery Lusko. She is the daughter of my friends Levi and Jennie Lusko.
Little Lenya, age 5, went to heaven on December 20. She had a severe asthma attack and tragically died in her father’s arms.
Now she is in the everlasting arms of God.
Even at her young age, Lenya was a bright light for Jesus Christ. She always was a fighter, as she was born with severe allergies to many foods.
She once said to her mom, Jennie, “Mom, when I get to heaven I’m going to buy a box of cheese and a whole box of peanut butter from the store. There are stores in heaven, right Mom? I think there will be a lot of stores in heaven!”
I love this because it shows that this little girl understood heaven is a real place.
Heaven is described in Scripture as a country, a city, and a garden. Jesus said, “I go to prepare A PLACE for you” (John 14:6).
This sweet little girl is there now, along with my son Christopher, and I am sure loved ones that you know who have gone before you who believed in Jesus Christ.
The good news is that as Christians we have the hope that we will see them again.
Paul wrote these hopeful words to those who have had loved ones die:
“And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope.For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes,God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died. I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4).
Note that Paul says “together WITH THEM” we will be caught up to meet the Lord.
This is referring to our loved ones who have preceded us. We will see them again!
The Bible teaches that there will be a bodily resurrection.
Heaven, and later the new earth, will be a place of reunion. We will pick up where we last left off.
Old conversations will be finished. New ones will begin. We will have great adventures together!
Let’s remember Levi and Jennie Lusko in prayer, along with their daughters: Alivia, Daisy and Clover.
Here are some statements from my message that I did for little Lenya Lusko. These are tweets posted by those who have heard the message. Think of them as some “heavenly thoughts” for the day:
“An early death…means an early crown.”
“We live on promises, not on explanations.”
“Death isn’t the end of the road but a bend in the road.”
“Heaven is the real thing; earth is the imitation!”
“As Christians, we don’t mourn hopelessly–we mourn hopefully.”