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|I’ll See You at the Party
20 Mar 2011
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."
John 10:10 (NIV)
She asked to see the family, so of course, we complied with her request. After all, this woman, now in her ninety-second year of life, had earned our love and respect.
Just nine months ago, she was independent, full of energy, and involved in life. Now she was calling her family together to say, "Good-bye." We were saddened by Little Granny's announcement that she was ready to meet Jesus face to face, until she added, "Put away those sad faces...I am happy! Keep smiling."
Many would not understand her joy in the midst of the knowledge she was dying. But Little Granny knew something about where she was going.
I took my kids to see her to say their final good-byes. They hugged their great-grandmother and told her how much they loved her. She told them the same, her words faint and weak.
When it was my turn, I leaned in and kissed her cheek. "I love you," I said. To which she replied, "I'll see you at the party."
At first I thought she might be disoriented. But as I looked at her through my tears, I realized she was thinking very clearly. Little Granny was on her way to "the party" in heaven, her eternal home.
I get the joy that Little Granny felt over going to the party. I'm so thankful that after this life journey is over, I'll join her at that party. But even in the joy of eternity, death is hard. It's hard on us who are still here.
My mother died one year ago. The ache that burns deep in my heart is like none I've experienced. She was my best friend, and now she's gone. Just today as I was grocery shopping, I caught a glimpse of the apple turnovers that she loved so much. We used to eat them topped with vanilla ice cream. I broke down right there in the frozen food section. I so badly want to enjoy an apple turnover with my mom. That part of my life is over and I'm left wounded. The only peace I have is that Mom is at the "party" and one day I'll join her. Until then, I must live my life.
I don't mean get through life; I mean really live life. As Jesus says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). My Life Application Study Bible's commentary puts it this way: "In contrast to the thief who takes life, Jesus gives life. The life he gives right now is abundantly richer and fuller. It is eternal, yet it begins immediately."
Sadly, too many of us spend our lives waiting to go to the party instead of living for the party – right now. We realize that our life here on earth is not always what we wished for but then we settle for a dull, just-getting-by life instead of the spiritually rich and abundantly full life Jesus offers.
How do we live that full life with so many trials? We stay close to the One who has promised us life; we stay close to Jesus. We remain in the Word of God and apply His promises to our lives. It doesn't mean all of our pain will be removed, but it does mean we can live full and free lives.
Little Granny said, "I'll see you at the party." Well Little Granny, I hope you are having a blast up there! And in memory of you and my mother, I think I'll have a little party right here of my own... a Jesus party, where I will strive to do just what He said and live my life to the full!
I hope to see you at the party!
Dear Lord, thank You for giving life to me through Jesus. Because of You, I have hope and reason to be joyful. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Last Dec 30th, I was in the Hospital, and had been for surgery since the 28th. The morning of the 30th, My Husband came into my room, and he seemed distraut. His face looked troubled. He came up to the side
of my Bed and said,"Your Sister has passed away"......She had been fighting Cancer for only 6wks....I was in shock, I could not cry...
I was under so much medication too that affected my emotions...I remember saying she is at Peace now, and not suffering anymore. The tears were to come later at the Funeral...When I saw her....She had
lost weight and she had a wig on, and I still knew that my sister's body was there, but her Soul and Spirit were in Heaven. She had a Beautiful Voice, trained, operetic. I know she is singing in Heaven today! I have had, and still am having a hard time with her death. It did have a positive side to my life though...I am very active in
my Church now, and dedicated to worship to others, and to tell them
how wonderful Jesus is , and what He has done in my Life. I do have Kidney Failure and some other Health issues, however, I believe God
allows things to happen to us to teach us humbleness, humilty and me
even patience! No more Perfectionist attitude! I truly care about
people and I Love animals, always have....What time I have left on this earth , I am going to make it positive, happy and make sure I tell people about What Christ has done in my life. Live EACH DAY TO THE FULLEST! PRAISE GOD! *SMILES*
God Bless YOU,
Love to YOU,
Hugs to YOU,
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