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Topic: Start (01/16/06)
TITLE: From The Start
By Ricky Flowers
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Most of the people she knew or, thought she knew, they were her family and some of her friends heck, some of them she didn’t even like which made it even stranger for them to be in her house. They were people with whom she had become acquainted at some point, but something had come between them, and they never made amends. “Why on earth are they be here, standing in my living room as if nothing had happened?” she thought.
From the start she had felt like she was in a fog, seeing, but not hearing anything that was going on around her. Her head was pounding and she could only assume it was from all the wine she had been drinking, she knew she shouldn’t have, it had always made her feel bad, but she didn’t want to seem out of place in this apparent celebration of some sort. “What was going on?” she wondered to herself. Why all the food and people? This kept going through her mind over and over again, but the answer never came.
For the past twenty-five years she had been so happy and full of life. God had blessed her beyond anyone’s expectations with a wonderful husband and a beautiful little boy. They had traveled the world together from the beaches of the Caribbean, to the war torn regions of the middle-east and returned safely to the comforts of their home. Then, in 1994 her husband had died suddenly from a massive heart attack. This moment, being here with all these people, reminded her of how she felt after her husbands funeral, when all the people came to say their final farewell to a man who had meant so much to so many.
It suddenly occurred to her, that of all the people present, her son was no where around. “Where could he be?” she thought, and then her heart sank. “Oh no God, not my son, please, NO!” she screamed, and the tears began to fall. She realized at that moment, he too had been taken. It was more than she could bare. Time stood still as darkness over took her and she passed out on the floor.
She awoke later that night, her husband and son were standing by her bed. “Wake up my love, we are here, we are not dead, we are with Jesus.” her husband said. She could not speak and she could hardly see. Her eyes were swollen from all the crying she had done. All these years she believed that everybody dies and that’s it, but before her stood her husband and her son. On their face was the most wonderful smile she had ever seen. Not in this life had she ever seen two people so happy. “It’s so wonderful here my love”, her husband said, “Don’t cry anymore, we are okay, and one day we will all be together again”.
“From the start God has taught us of the many gifts awaiting us, but you never really know how truly wonderful they are until you’re here mom, life on earth is only the beginning, it’s nothing compared to this place”, her son said.
She testified in church the following Sunday, that even though it was hard to loose her family, she was at peace knowing they were in heaven and safe with Jesus. She had seen with her own eyes, the smiles on their faces and how happy they were. She had seen all the empty spaces. The empty spaces were for her, and the rest of the family she held so dear. It was comforting to know there was a place waiting when her time came.
Many years went by before her time came, and when it did come, she shed no tears. She knew where she was going, and she had known for many years. Quietly she faded, with a smile on her face, and when she awoke she was in the arms of Jesus who accepted her with delight.
From the start she knew, heaven was real, and now she was back with her husband and son in a land more beautiful than anyone could ever imagine. She is with Jesus and the angels. This was the eternal life she had learned about from the start.
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