R.I.P - Rest in Peace! It’s a phrase we use when someone dies. Many write it on the memorial stones of their loved ones. But why is it called “rest"? And do we need to wait till we die to find that rest and peace?
“Rest in Peace” can be seen at burial grounds, or as a newspaper headline when a celebrity dies or on social media when someone wants to express grief. It was commonly found on tombstones by the eighteenth century, though its Latin version has been in use for a longer time.
So what does this phrase mean and why do people use it?
Death is scary! There is a sense of fear and uncertainty whenever we hear that word! Though it is inevitable, the very thought of it makes us uncomfortable. Many lose their peace thinking about it! The phrase “Rest in peace” is often used to allude to the fact that struggles and striving of life have finally come to an end through death.
But do we need to wait till we die to find the peace we long for?
The Bible clearly portrays that sin brought unrest in man. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to find the peace for our souls on our own. Jesus, who was God in human form, said, ”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.*”
Jesus has conquered sin and defeated death! He now invites us to put our faith in him and receive the rest and peace that he offers.
“Rest in peace” is not a prayer for a departed soul, it’s a daily possibility! We need not strive and struggle in our lives and lose our peace because Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.**”
If we trust him, he will give us his strength to fight our lives’ battles and face our biggest enemy, death.
I pray that you truly find the rest that your soul desperately longs for. May the God of peace guide your paths and the peace of God reign in your hearts!
*John 14:27 | **Matthew 11:28