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Topic: End (02/13/06)
TITLE: Life Extended
By alan polacek
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“Boy, I’ll be glad when this is over with!” John declared as he peered down from his lofty view.
“Now why would you make a statement like that?”, a voice from nowhere spoke out.
“Who’s that?” John asked, surprised.
“Now that, my friend, is a question you should not have to ask” the voice answered.
“Sorry, forgive me” John said. humbly.
“No need. Had I not already done so, you would not be here.”
“Good point!” John stated, trying to ease his discomfort..
“Back to the question John. Why will you be so glad it’s over with?”
“Isn’t it obvious?” John snorted in a tone he immediately regretted
“John! You do know who you are talking to don’t you?”
Timidly John answered “Yes Father.”
“Alright then, continue.”
“It’s my wife and family. Look how upset they are. And my grandchildren. They are so young and don’t understand.” Pausing John adds... “It breaks my heart.”
“Yes, John, it is heart-breaking to see your children suffer. I have to deal with that daily.”
John starts to respond angrily, thinking there is no way God could understand the pain of mortal man. But then he realizes what God is referring to and draws in his temper. After a brief silence John asks “Father, allow me this question please. What is to become of my wife? Father, we were together for almost fifty years. She will be so lonely.”
“John. Like you, your wife is a faithful servant. If she continues to keep me first in her life I will continue to comfort and bless her. It is no longer a concern of yours. My plans for her will be revealed to her at a time of my choosing. I brought the two of you together. Your vows to each other and before me were ‘till death do us part’. Both of you have kept those vows.”
John wanted to cry but the tears wouldn’t come. Gazing towards the sound of Gods voice, John spoke. “Father, I was such a sinner. How can I be allowed into your Kingdom.”
“Look below,” God said. “Of your family and friends gathered, how many did you share your love for me?”
“All”. John softly answered. “But Father! The things I had done before I knew you.......”
Stopping John from continuing, God said. “And there is a multitude of others not in attendance whose lives you have touched. You showed through the way you lived your life and shared my Word that I am real and my kingdom is your reward. The things you speak of before you knew me. I have no knowledge.”
John looked back on the service below just as they were closing his casket. Seeing his wife overcome with grief, he turned to look back to the heavens, to the voice of his Father, his face showing the pain her sorrow was causing him. Standing beside him was Jesus. John immediately fell at His feet before Him.
“Come”, the Lord said. “Though she is hurting now, she knows that what they are carting away is only a shell and that your soul is now and forever safe in my care. You see only sorrow. But soon you will hear sounds of song and rejoicing as you are welcomed into, my Father’s kingdom. This is not the ending of your life, John. It is the beginning of your eternal life which God has promised you. Today I will present you before My Father. And you shall meet face to face your God who until now you only k new by His voice or the feel of His presence.”
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