Got The Keys

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
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Psalm 39:4 – Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more. (TLB)

I just received news that a dear Christian lady who went to our church years ago was soon to be taken off life support and was expected to die. Surgery went well, but a blood clot caused a massive stroke that left her in a coma. Since she was near my age, "young", I thought about how she still had so much to give to her family and the world around her. There will be weddings that she will miss, graduations that she will not attend, and holiday celebrations at which she will be present only as a sweet memory.

As my heart was breaking for this family and the pain that they are going through because of the loss of this dear mother, I remembered what my daughter posted on Facebook this morning: "Got the keys to our new home. We will be moving in sooner than we thought." Hallelujah! One day, this old house that we live in now will be traded for a brand-new house. Jesus tells us that He is going on ahead of us to get it ready for that day. We never know when we will be moving in. It might be sooner than we think. I trust that my sister in Christ is enjoying her new home. She got to move in sooner than we thought!

How brief is each of our lives! How quickly the years go by! But sooner or later, if we love the Lord, we, too, will get the keys to our new heavenly home!

John 14:2 – In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (NKJV)

Psalm 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NKJV)

Prayer: Dearest Lord Jesus, we praise You for building our eternal home where we can reside in Your presence. Thank You for holding onto the keys until we need them. You alone know when that will be. Amen.

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Cerro Gordo, Illinois, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Jeanie, for the reminder.

    This is a great message this morning! Thank you.

    Great message again Jeanie. Thank you so much.
    (QC, CANADA)

    What a beautiful story, and reminder that our Heavenly Home is assured.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Keep writing.

    Amen and amen to that! At 80 years of age, I am realizing that readiness to meet Jesus is an urgent imperative. Thanks for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today. Blessings.

    Thanks, Jeanie, for your encouraging devotional today. Yes, we never know the day we will get the keys to our eternal home and then get to rest peacefully with our loving Lord. Blessings for your writings.

    Dear Jeanie,
    Thank you for your beautiful, happy, and hopeful message today. God has the key to our new home so we will wait on the Lord.

    Good morning, Jeanie,
    I enjoyed your devotional even though I had never thought about having to unlock the door to heaven. It is so true that the years go by so quickly and we are not in control. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.

    Amen Jeanie. I find as many of those l know are moving on at a rather alarming rate, one’s mind goes more and more often to the next big move, for indeed we never know when those keys will be coming.
    Enjoy your day.

    Thank you, Jeanie, for today’s devotion.
    I liked it very much, and it comforts me when I witness those around us that’s been very faithful and has reached their time.
    Hopefully, I will see them at the heavenly home.
    Thanks again,

    Thank you, Jeanie, once more for writing today.
    My parents both died at the age of 79. I am now 86 and wonder how it happened!!! Whatever, I hope these last days will be pleasing to the Lord AND that my husband and I live through the Thanksgiving holiday in fine style as we have over 20 coming, and all will be staying with us!
    May you and yours enjoy this season of thanksgiving.

    Jeanie, Your meditation is a beautiful expression of the Christian hope, kept alive through sad losses. I’m reminded of Hebrews 11. Through faith these people could view their earthly life as fleeting. They were “strangers and aliens” here. Their hope wasn’t set on an earthly citizenship and country.
    “Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Heb. 11: 16

    Loved the analogy! Thanks.

    Dear Jeanie,
    It was a tough day, and the commute home was worse. This was exactly what I needed to lift my chin and put a smile on my face. Thank you for sharing.

    Dear Jeanie,
    Thank you for sharing this touching story. How blessed we are that our Lord provides for us in our new life both now and in the time to come. And, as you said, it’s a new home! – and built by the best Carpenter ever!
    Hope for today and always!

    Thank you, Jeanie. I have a close friend who has had 2 surgeries in 2 days in regard to heart problems, but so far he is still with us. But what a lovely thought — in our new home in heaven!

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