Friday, April 19, 2013

Homesick for Heaven

I'm homesick for heaven! Are you?

The day before yesterday, a very dear friend of ours passed away. He was my daughter's best friend's grandfather; and, frankly, Jen loved him like a grandfather, too.

While we grieve with the family, because he will be missed, we are thankful that he no longer suffers the debilitating pain he endured. He was full of wisdom, and could always tell a great story. We extend our prayers for the family: his wife, whom we know as Omi, and their daughter and her family, including Jen's best friend, all very dear friends of ours.

1 Thessalonians 4
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

For now, he sleeps in Jesus.

And this is one reason I am homesick for heaven today.

Another reason I am homesick for heaven today: the bombings during the Boston Marathon.

I have a classmate who sometimes runs marathons, so she was the first person I thought of when I saw the reports. I was relieved to learn that she was not there that day. Still, my heart grieves for those who were there, and who were so greatly impacted.

Then this morning, we hear that the whole city, pretty much, is on lock down while they search for one of the suspects.

And there was the explosion in West, Texas, the other day.

It must break God's heart, over and over, to see all the evil and wickedness, pain and suffering, and death. It can not be much longer until He comes to take His people home!
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. ~Revelation 21:4.
“And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” Revelation 5:13.

The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.
~The Great Controversy, p. 678, by E.G. White.

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20.

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