Lenten Meditation: Finding It Home

I wrote this a year ago, while my mom was still alive...now she is in glory, experiencing what she had anticipated all her life! Paradise, Heaven, the Pearly Gates, our Eternal Rest...mystery beyond measure!

The Bible gives us glimpses of this place of rest from earthly labors...streets of gold, myriads of angels, the throne of God, believing loved ones we have said "good by" to on this earth, and most of all, the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Lover of our souls!

My almost 91 year old mom is getting very close to that glorious place.  I think that all her life, she has kept heaven in view.  I remember as a child she would quote this verse to me:

...eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 DRA

She applied that precious verse to heaven, and she is certainly right.*  We humans cannot even imagine...but we will have our spiritual senses sharpened to take it all in.  Now we experience Him & His delights as in a shadow, don't we?  But then face to face!

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV

I found a sweet book on Heaven in my search to find something my mom could take in with her now limited physical understanding.  It's by Anne Graham Lotz.  Perhaps you would like to take a look.

The older I get in the Lord, the more I realize what Jesus said is true, "Unless you become as a little child, you cannot enter [and might I add, "experience"] the kingdom of God."

As I woke up this morning, I recalled a song I have loved for years.  It has a hauntingly beautiful melody, so rich in imagery.  Here it is. Enjoy it in two ways.  The first is the song movingly sung by a male voice; the second, at the end of a sweet medley sung by Christine Wrytzen.  May you be blessed by both.

Finally Home

When engulfed by the terror of the tempestuous sea, Unknown waves before you roll; At the end of doubt and peril is eternity, Though fear and conflict seize your soul.

But just think of stepping on shore-And finding it Heaven! Of touching a hand-And finding it God's! Of breathing new air-And finding it celestial! Of waking up in glory-And finding it home!

When surrounded by the blackness of the darkest night, O how lonely death can be; At the end of this long tunnel is a shining light, For death is swallowed up in victory!

But just think of stepping on shore-And finding it Heaven! Of touching a hand-And finding it God's! Of breathing new air-And finding it celestial! Of waking up in glory-And finding it home!

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*In the context of 2 Corinthians 2, this verse is more broadly applied to experiencing the Lord in ever increasing measure even while here on earth.  Of course in heaven, it will be full...hallelujah!

Another song shared just today by my devout cousin-in-law. Thank you, Marilyn!

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Lenten Meditation: Finding It Home

Paradise, Heaven, the Pearly Gates, our Eternal Rest...mystery beyond measure! The Bible gives us glimpses of this place of rest from earthly labors...streets of gold, myriads of angels, the throne of God, believing loved ones we have said "good by" to on this earth, and most of all, the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Lover of our souls!

heaven, jesus welcoming
heaven, jesus welcoming

My almost 91 year old mom is getting very close to that glorious place.  I think that all her life, she has kept heaven in view.  I remember as a child she would quote this verse to me:

...eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 DRA

She applied that precious verse to heaven, and she is certainly right.*  We humans cannot even imagine...but we will have our spiritual senses sharpened to take it all in.  Now we experience Him & His delights as in a shadow, don't we?  But then face to face!

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV

I found a sweet book on Heaven in my search to find something my mom could take in with her now limited physical understanding.  It's by Anne Graham Lotz.  Perhaps you would like to take a look.

The older I get in the Lord, the more I realize what Jesus said is true, "Unless you become as a little child, you cannot enter [and might I add, "experience"] the kingdom of God."

Heaven, Lotz
Heaven, Lotz

As I woke up this morning, I recalled a song I have loved for years.  It has a hauntingly beautiful melody, so rich in imagery.  Here it is. Enjoy it in two ways.  The first is the song movingly sung by a male voice; the second, at the end of a sweet medley sung by Christine Wrytzen.  May you be blessed by both.

Heaven, god's hands
Heaven, god's hands

Finally Home

When engulfed by the terror of the tempestuous sea, Unknown waves before you roll; At the end of doubt and peril is eternity, Though fear and conflict seize your soul.

But just think of stepping on shore-And finding it Heaven! Of touching a hand-And finding it God's! Of breathing new air-And finding it celestial! Of waking up in glory-And finding it home!

When surrounded by the blackness of the darkest night, O how lonely death can be; At the end of this long tunnel is a shining light, For death is swallowed up in victory!

But just think of stepping on shore-And finding it Heaven! Of touching a hand-And finding it God's! Of breathing new air-And finding it celestial! Of waking up in glory-And finding it home!

*In the context of 2 Corinthians 2, this verse is more broadly applied to experiencing the Lord in ever increasing measure even while here on earth.  Of course in heaven, it will be full...hallelujah!

A Word on Wednesday: REMEMBER

re·mem·ber   [ri-mem-ber]  verb (used with object)1.  to recall to the mind by an act or effort of memory; think of again: I'll try to remember the exact date. 2.  to retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of: Remember your appointment with the dentist. 3.  to have (something) come into the mind again: I just remembered that it's your birthday today. 4.  to bear (a person) in mind as deserving a gift, reward, or fee: The company always remembers us at Christmas. 5.  to give a tip, donation, or gift to: to remember the needy.

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If you are younger (under the age of 50, new new 40 :)...

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth...  Eccl 12:1 NIV

Or as the Message translation says:

Honor and enjoy your Creator while you're still young,    Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes,    Before your vision dims and the world blurs    And the winter years keep you close to the fire.

 In old age, your body no longer serves you so well.    Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen.    The shades are pulled down on the world.    You can't come and go at will. Things grind to a halt.    The hum of the household fades away.    You are wakened now by bird-song.    Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past.    Even a stroll down the road has its terrors.    Your hair turns apple-blossom white,    Adorning a fragile and impotent matchstick body.    Yes, you're well on your way to eternal rest,    While your friends make plans for your funeral.

 Life, lovely while it lasts, is soon over.    Life as we know it, precious and beautiful, ends.    The body is put back in the same ground it came from.    The spirit returns to God, who first breathed it. Ecclesiastes 12:1-7  The Message

HOW are you remembering Him...honoring and enjoying Him today?

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No matter your age...

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:7-8

WHO are your remembering today?  What did their faith look like in their life?

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If you are over 50...

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;     yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works     and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:11-12

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, he will grow like a cedar of Lebanon planted in the house of the Lord, he will flourish in the courts of our God. he will still yield fruit in old age; he shall be full of sap and very green to declare the Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him! Psalm 92:12-15

WHAT deeds of the Lord do you remember and proclaim?

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...and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of ME."