Revelation 21:3-4 – And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (NIV)

"What is that?" My two-year-old granddaughter was pointing to her great-grandmother's casket. I held my breath, and wondered how her aunt would answer her. I certainly didn't want her to experience the same nightmares that I'd had when someone forced me to view my young cousin in his casket when I was only two. "God, please give my daughter the right words," I whispered. The afternoon was so busy with visitors that I had no opportunity to ask what her response to her niece's question had been. However, I did notice the small child in her red plaid skirt sniffing all the flowers and playing with her new baby sister, so I felt certain that she was satisfied with the answer to her question.

Later my daughter told me the outcome of the incident. "I told her that the box took her grandmother to Jesus." Although this is not strictly a sound theological explanation, it was perfect for the small child, for she immediately clapped her tiny hands together and said, "A present! Jesus loves Granny."

Sometimes we too question, "Why?" or "What?" Not always do we find someone who can give us the answer that we are longing to hear. But we can be comforted by the truth that, long ago, God showed His love for us when He gave His only Son to become a sacrifice for our sin. If we have received God's gift of salvation, we will be presented and reunited with God Almighty in heaven.

Prayer: Dear God, we bring before You today those who are struggling to understand just how much You love them. Remind them of Christ's sacrifice, and how He died in our place so that we may be presented to You. Amen.

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Elaine Ingalls Hogg <authorhogg@yahoo.ca>
Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada

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