Last week’s message was postponed, as a wonderful man was laid to rest. He had spent the last four years of his life in a nursing home. He was a Husband, Father, GrandFather, a Son, a Brother, an Uncle & a GodFather. He battled Parkinsons and Diabetes. As much as he is deeply loved and cherished, all who knew him would agree, that mercy was in order and there is a sense of relief that he is no longer suffering. A bad event in my life was actually the catalyst to my meeting him and his wonderful family. I am so grateful that I was afforded that blessing.
At some point, a few days later. I was reading a friends post on Facebook, she was revisiting the loss of her dear Mother. Somehow, the events of this week triggered the many emotions I had so effectively stifled for so many years.
“I just read a friend’s post, she was remembering the trauma of losing her Mom. I wonder what is going on the spirit world. Just the other night, I cried for the first time in years over losing my Dad, I was just 12 when he passed, I was devastated. The enemy rushed in and wreaked havoc on my heart, mind, and life at such a vulnerable time and age. After a while, I think my subconscious found a way to block and suppress many memories and seemed to call a halt to most reminiscing. I watched a simple tv show which highlighted the beautiful dynamic between a Dad and his pre-teen daughter & well, it triggered so many emotions.
Decades later, My Mom passed and it was literally like losing both of them at once. She was both Mother and Father for so many years and did such a tremendous job, so impeccably. I thank God every day that I was so blessed to have been born of two God-fearing, decent, moral people such as my parents.
One thing I know for sure is that these precious souls, these beautiful saints are in Heaven. They are safe, secure and blissfully happy. They are in a place of timelessness, where our future is their present. Perhaps, when we think of them, they are in their eternal nowness holding our hands, or hugging us, or speaking soft truths into our minds. There is a chasm between there and here, but some element of that love interaction finds us where we are, as it was meant to. It touches us and we can not make sense of it, just yet.
The enemy wants us to feel the loss. The enemy is a Liar and a thief. The truth is, the enemy has no family, no alliance, no loyalties. He forfeited the most incredible blessing afforded any other creature ever created.
The truth is, there is no loss for us, only gain. We will see our loved ones again. We can take nothing with us when we go, but the love. That love, that bond is eternal. Surrender to God, claim Him as your savior and that becomes your eternal legacy and promise.
I for one, can not wait for the day and I welcome every repressed memory to bubble to the surface. In Christ, those chains are broken that bondage has no hold. My tears are captured, they are not wasted. The river of living water in Heaven holds no fear of drought thanks to me. Thank You God. for Blessing me so greatly.”
The word of God and the truth of our eternal existence holds the key to our emotional and spiritual security.
16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. . . .
2 Corinthians 4:7
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
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