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Topic: ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER (02/28/19)
TITLE: Better Than Ever Before
By Donna Martelli
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As mental images of steak and potatoes crossed my mind, I felt a loss, but I endured the pain of it for the higher calling of fasting. Afterward, I sat at the kitchen table with fork in hand waiting for the feast to begin. The best meal of my life was set before me: a bowl of rice after a forty day fast.
In my late teens I toured Europe and North Africa for five months. About half way through the tour, I felt homesick. I longed for the streets of New York so much that I went to the movies any time I could find one that was filmed there. I loved New York more when I finally returned than when I left.
Probably the greatest loss of my life was when my mom died. She was only 52 years old. I was 28. She loved Jesus, I did not. She had often told me that I would find God’s plan for my life, but I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. By this time, I was living a wild and sinful life and I considered her ways to be too simple and childish for me. She wouldn’t have understood anyway. And now she was gone…I knew not where.
Now today, I know that though I still love and miss my mom, I know where she is. She is with her beloved Jesus in Heaven. I know because I finally did open my heart to the love of Jesus and my life belongs to Him too. Here is what He said:
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3 NKJV)
So, when I see her in Heaven, I will love her more than I ever did in this life. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yes. I know it.
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