To say we live in uncertain and dangerous times, is a cliché and something the whole world knows. What makes this different is that it is worldwide. As a Christian, I think this is the beginning of the end times before Christ returns. How must we face this threat when we never know who or when we and our loved ones may die?
A couple of years ago when I had a hip replacement, I wrote some texts in my Bible about trusting God. They were a great comfort to me then and they are now. I read them every night before I go to sleep – and I sleep peacefully. Our great God is in control of the world and our lives! Perhaps you would care to read them too.
Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear. Psalm 46:1,2
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knows those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He leads me in green pastures, beside still waters. He restores my soul. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Your rod and staff comfort me… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23
I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
God bless and keep you all
Ps: See Menu for EASTER which has music (with links to Musescore where they made be heard) and some of my poems.
2020 and now 2021 have forced many of us to think of death. It has touched millions of homes. It has touched ours. Our dearest only son has died, not from Covid, but from a brain bleed. And so the family mourns as Christians. Christians are blessed. We have an answer to our mortality and are not lost in a hopeless and helpless view. We also have comfort. God himself knows our pain. He gave his only son so that we may have eternal life. (JOHN 3:16).
God created humanity as a special creation. Created in his image, he gave us liberty – free will. He wanted companionship, so in the evening he walked in Eden and talked to Adam and Eve. There was just one prohibition. And we can’t blame Adam and Eve – we would have done the same! And so our sad saga began.
Christians believe that God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of the world. That includes you and me, providing we accept him as our Lord and live changed and forgiven lives to prove it. Christians are far from perfect, but “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 JOHN 1:9). If we accept Jesus Christ, we are promised eternal life.
How do we go from this life to the next? Well, it’s a very exciting journey! We read that “when the beggar (Lazarus) died, the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.” (Luke 16:22). So God sends an escort of angels to take his children to Heaven! Another question: do people, who are now spirits awaiting Christ’s triumphal return to Earth when they will receive their new spiritual bodies, know what is going on in Earth? Jesus, when the Pharisees were trying to trick him, said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day. He saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56). By the way, God forbids us from trying to communicate with the dead.
Our son was a neurosurgeon who in his thirties left surgery and became a very successful businessman. He was loved and admired by all his staff. They said he always had time to help us when we needed it, and the lowest employees received the same attention as the highest. He walked the talk, living a Godly Christian life that all could see.
He had plans for an early retirement. He would use his life and wealth for God and was very excited about what he could do using technology, helping missions, helping the needy. His scope and excitement at the prospect was beyond anything I could have imagined. He used to say, “I long to meet Jesus.”
But God had other plans for our son. He took him to Heaven to serve in a special place he had reserved for him. And our son is rejoicing: he has met his Lord.
Ps See the menu for EASTER. There are items you might find useful.