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Topic: HOPE (joyful, confident expectation in salvation) (03/05/15)
TITLE: Nearing Home
By Chris Goglin
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I believe God prepares us for this new realm, because he mysteriously slows us down. For example, twisting around to reach a coat on the back seat of the car was never a problem until a shooting pain disabled my shoulder! Stepping gracefully out of the car is not so easy any more, and I am not so sure my legs will even make it to the store entrance. Eyesight fails just when I need to read a medicine bottle, I am developing a rubber tire around my waist, and I get out of breath just tying my shoes! What is happening Lord, are you trying to tell me something? Have I not served you well all these years? Romans 8:18 answers my bewildering predicament… “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (NIV).
My husband and I now have the advantage of enjoying each other’s company in reminiscing over what God has given us. We no longer run to keep up with life (and our kids), but walk in a contented state of mind. Although God may choose to take either one of us home any day, we know He plans an awesome family reunion when we get there! Time is too short to dwell on past mistakes or unfulfilled dreams and frustrations; we want to be an example to our children that God is real and there is hope beyond the tiny scope of our existence.
Creating poetry, family stories, yearbooks, cookbooks, and photo albums consumes most of our energy today…a unique visual inheritance for our children. As Christ’s ambassadors, we compile our letters of love to insure our children’s children know God, and the power of his Word. We see clearly as never before, the effects of life experiences and wisdom that God endowed to us so long ago. Consequently, this has enabled us to write with convicted strength and discretion (see Job 12:12).
A few months before my mother passed away, I noticed a regular commitment to reading her Bible daily and talking of God continually. She had always been a strong Christian, but never to this degree. I am finally realizing now that God was guiding her home, and bringing her closer to Him in her last days. Similarly, we feel that soft touch of God’s hand in our lives as we float into a whirlwind of expectant hope for the future. Today’s world has changed drastically and our children have to deal with it. However, we can give them the unique hope of salvation through our encouraging testimonies.
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