2 Corinthians 5:8 – Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. (NLT)
He lay almost motionless — a Superman tattoo on his arm.
My brother-in-law often kidded that he was Superman. And he had been. He survived things that had killed many people. Though a young man, several heart attacks had damaged his heart beyond repair.
Not only had he survived health issues, but he had also made it through many years of reckless living. He had endured beatings, robberies, and a near-fatal shooting. He made it through work injuries. When the list was perused, I could understand the Superman tattoo on his arm as well as his mentality.
At last, the great leveller of all mankind had conquered him. Doctors had done all that they could. Now, he lay in a hospital bed in a local hospice house. The doctor talked to the family. His body was shutting down. There was nothing else that they could do but make him comfortable. My wife swabbed his mouth, used a machine to suck draining body fluids, held her phone to his ear while playing one of his favourite songs, and cried. Family members took turns talking to him and expressing their love.
Had his dilemma happened six months previously, we would have been more worried. A part of his reckless living was holding God at arm's length. He grew up going to church but had left that part of his life many years before. Though filled with grief, we weren't as worried now. He had recently made his peace with God and spoke often of his readiness to meet his Saviour. Our hearts were comforted.
Paul also took security in knowing that if persecution took his life, he would immediately be in heaven with his Saviour.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but knowing that they will enter heaven's gates and that we will see them again in eternity makes the process easier. Heaven isn't a pie-in-the-sky fairy tale believed by those who need courage to face death, but an actual place prepared for those who choose to follow Jesus Christ. Jesus said that there are many rooms there — enough for as many as believe in Him.
Our family took comfort in knowing that our loved one would be waiting on us. We invite you to join us. Believe today. Don't wait until it's too late.
Prayer: Father, thank You for preparing a place for those who love and choose to follow You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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