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Are there some resources you can suggest for the struggle I find myself surprised to be experiencing: believing that my mom, who died several months ago, is indeed in heaven with God?   

These two Scriptures may provide some consolation for you: Wisdom 3:1–9 (read at many funerals and one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible) and 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 (Paul’s advice to Christians who worried that deceased relatives and friends who died before Christ’s Second Coming would be at some disadvantage compared to believers still alive then).   

The second passage is part of the oldest book in the New Testament. The first passage may have been written only 100 years earlier.

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