In 2010 my husband was at death’s door. We were all separated as a family because of his hospital stay and the need for child-care of our kids. It had already been a harrowing time of cancer surgery and complications. We were not even halfway through our ordeal out-of-state.
I remember when the Thanksgiving holiday came that year and FINALLY all the children were near by. I stayed with them to celebrate for almost 24 hours; we were thankful David was still alive. How precious their hugs and kisses were to me. Soon it was back to the hospital to be with my sweetie, who was so terribly sick, and TOO SOON it was time for the children to return to school near our family’s home 300 miles away. I felt every mile. Never before had I ever wanted to be in 2 places at once so desperately.
I suppose for as long as I live, I will remember those months of suffering we walked through. Especially the holidays because those are together days. It has made me even more appreciative and thankful for times when we ARE all together. I’ve been driving my family crazy asking them if they remember where we were last year at such and such a time. It simply amazes me that God brought us through and here we are together again.
I don’t want to ever lose that perspective as the years go by. It was a hope fulfilled and it feels glorious! Someday death will visit our family, it is a sad and horrible part of life, but Jesus DID something about it! He took away the sting. It doesn’t end at the grave. There will be a MORE GLORIOUS reunion than we had here! There will be no more sickness, no more pain, no more suffering and NO MORE SEPARATION!
Oh, What a amazing God we serve. He gives us small tastes in all kinds of ways of wonders yet to come. It’s our focus, our hope and I love how The Message puts it:
“And regarding the question, friends, that has come up about what happens to those already dead and buried, we don’t want you in the dark any longer. First off, you must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will most certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus. And then this: We can tell you with complete confidence—we have the Master’s word on it—that when the Master comes again to get us, those of us who are still alive will not get a jump on the dead and leave them behind. In actual fact, they’ll be ahead of us. The Master himself will give the command. Archangel thunder! God’s trumpet blast! He’ll come down from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise—they’ll go first. Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master. Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words.” 1Thessalonians 4:14
To God be the GLORY for the things He has done! -A