This week my dear Dad passed on to be with Jesus. You may remember a blog last August that I shared with you called "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms". He became very sick last summer and we thought we were going to lose him then. On Father's Day of last year he met Jesus, and God allowed him to live another year. My brother and his family took care of him, and we were blessed with many more happy times with him. And he was blessed with being able to be cared for at home by his family. There were good days. And not so good days. As anyone knows who cares for a loved one, it can be an exhausting task. But they endured right to the end.
As my husband and I were driving up from Pennsylvania to New York to attend the funeral, I looked up into the sky above. I could almost see an outline of Jesus holding out His arms and saying to me "Don't worry. I have him now." That comforted me.
When we lose a precious loved one, we are left behind, trying to grasp what happened. We still want to have a connection with that person. But when we look at that lifeless body, and later have nothing to look at that was him, we are left with the desire to know where that person went to.
As a Christian who believes in the after life with Jesus in heaven, I know where a person goes after he dies. That is, if that person also knew Jesus as his Savior. But what if he didn't make that decision.... I don't like to think about the awful place that also exists for those who didn't choose Jesus.
Why can't we see heaven? And why do we have to wait until we die to go there? God wants us to believe. Just believe. Have faith.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.
- 2 Corinthians 4:18
Everything that we see, breathe, and feel here during our lives is temporary! Houses last longer than the people who live in them! We are temporary! For some people, more temporary than for others. But what we cannot see, the spiritual realm, is eternal. This is hard to grasp. Especially for those who don't know Jesus. But this is true!
The good news in all of this is this: that soon Jesus will be coming to reunite us born-again believers with our saved loved ones who have gone on before us. There will be a grand reunion, filled with joy and happiness, as we stand before our Savior. Beautiful songs will be sung, all giving glory to our Lord. Now that is something to look forward to!
I encourage you to seek Him if you haven't already done so. My loving and merciful Savior wants to be your Savior too. Just ask Him this:
Jesus, I know I need a Savior.
I confess my sins and ask you to save me.
I thank you for giving up
Your life on the cross
so I can have eternal life with You.
Jesus, come into my heart
and be my Lord.
Take my heart, mind, and will
and let them be Yours.
Thank You Jesus!
If you have prayed this prayer and meant it, then you are now saved and your name is written in the Holy Lamb's Book Of Life. When your life is over, you will be in heaven for all eternity. And I will see you there.
I will miss my Dad. But I know that Jesus has him now.