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Chapter One of the Great Story | Tara Wiley
S~ I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25-27
O~ In the midst of torment, even when God felt a million miles away… even when his anguish made him miserable and lonely… Job turned to truth for comfort: this.is.not.the.end. This is not the end! Even death is not the end! HOPE lies in an eternal perspective that transcends the pain of today.
“For us this (death) is the end of all the stories… but for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world…had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever and in which every chapter is better than the one before.” C.S. Lewis (at the end of the Narnia series).
A~ I went to a funeral for a dear friend yesterday. Melanoma snatched him before his time (and oh, this very fact strikes deep within me, as melanoma has crossed my own path. Another opportunity to trust God’s timing – and be reminded to be vigilant in following up with cancer care!). I openly wept through much of the service, but I did not weep without hope. This was a man who lived life well, who loved well, and most importantly, who loved Jesus with all of his heart. What a great testimony, and a great reminder of what matters most. It wasn’t the big accomplishments that were listed over and over or discussed over coffee after the service. It was the little moments where he lived out Jesus’ love. It was the promise of eternity that sustained him through his last days. It is the promise of eternity that will sustain his family and friends as we grieve the end of his story here – and celebrate Chapter One of his forever with God.
Dale, celebrating a baptism
P~ What a beautiful promise, Lord, and how timely to set this verse in my reading this morning. You are so good to direct me into Your truth when I need it! I am so grateful for the promises of eternity – the promise of You setting everything right on earth, as well as the promise of us spending eternity with You. Oh, to see You face to face! My daughter just spoke this longing in almost the same words as Job a couple of days ago. Increase our faith, and keep our perspective solidly fixed on the promise of seeing You face to face one day. Thank You that Dale is worshiping with You this morning – I wonder if he’s laying down some sweet sax lines alongside the angel choir. I love You, Lord. Thank You for Your promises, especially the promise of Eternity.
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