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Topic: Passport (07/25/05)
TITLE: Passport to Heaven (ii)
By Bronwen Finn
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Jane’s worst passport experience was in Ireland, where she had lived for three years, having married and had a son there. They were to return to settle in Jane’s home country, which was Australia, where, fortunately for her, her husband had decided he wanted to live.
However, John was a problem drinker and after a particularly nasty argument, Jane had become fearful that he might renege on his promise and try to keep her there. She had hidden her passport inside one of her books and promptly forgotten about it.
Consequently, having packed everything they owned and posted it all off carefully in cartons, when it came time to depart, Jane couldn’t find her passport.
They arrived in London and stayed the night at a B&B with five hours to spare the next morning before they were due at Heathrow airport. John was extremely anxious, not only because he had to mind their eleventh-month old son on his own, but also because he could see them missing their flight. Jane was exhorted to get to the embassy immediately, where they been assured she could get a replacement.
Jane had no idea that this was to be such a complicated undertaking. She had to get to the embassy, then to the bank to obtain proof of identity, obtain passport photos and then return to the embassy. Then there was the trip back to the B&B, where John was waiting in a state of near panic. This all involved five trips in London’s typical black taxis and then a sixth, in a rush to the airport, where they arrived with ten minutes to spare.
Years later, when Jane recalled the ‘passport adventure’, she had, with the help of Al Anon, deepened her faith in God and learnt to accept her husband’s drinking problem without criticism. She also realised that where she had needed that passport to get home to Australia, she also needed an ongoing relationship with Jesus as her passport to heaven. Jesus says, “Watch ye therefore and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21,v.36 NKJV.
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