Hi friends–last week the father of good friends of ours died; this weekend we attended his wake and funeral. It’s never easy saying good-bye to beloved family or close friends, is it? But when that loved one has an assurance of faith, as our friend’s father did, then the grief, while still real and deep, is mixed with something some might think surprising–joy.
Yes, there is sorrow and loneliness, but for those who “die in Christ,” for those who believed and followed Jesus during their lifetime, they have entered into their promised inheritance–heaven. Those of us who remain can take great joy and comfort in knowing that our loved one is now “home,” a beautiful place where there is “no more death or mourning or sorrow or crying or pain,” (Revelation 21:4). And for those of us who believe, we likewise have the same great hope.
He is waiting for you.
The beauty of our Father’s salvation plan is that it is never too late, and nothing we have done ever puts us out of God’s grasp. If you want to be “right with God,” to know his peace in your life, to have meaning and purpose–he is waiting for you.
Scripture offers the metaphor of knocking on a door (Revelation 3:20). Jesus knocks on our door and when we open it, we signal that we are ready to start a conversation, ready to enter a relationship. We will begin to hear our Father speaking to us, through the Holy Spirit, scripture, and other believers. He has promised that “to the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life,” (Revelation 21:6).
Would you like to be able to say, “It is well with my soul”?
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Bye for now,