Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Forever... Always...

Thank you for bearing with me, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  I've been trying to catch up on telling you about my comings and goings.

Yesterday, I mentioned about how I took cookies to the Bible study class, last Thursday.  And, I mentioned that was one (1) reason why I had baked several dozen cookies!

Of course, if you read LwL recently, you'll know I also took some, actually a large amount, to the pot-luck luncheon we had after worship, recently.

Reason number three (3) was so that I could take some cookies to another church.  In fact, it was so I could take some cookies to the church where I previously went to worship.

Last Friday evening, there was an event happening there, that I did not want to miss out on.  It was a memorial service. 

The person who died, I had known fairly well.  She was a lovely lady.  A good sister in the Lord.

To be honest, I have no idea what M died of.  And, will never know until I see her once again, in heaven.

You see, M was unmarried.  Being single, she didn't have any children. 

I can recall visiting with her.  She lived almost across the street from where I live. 

On several occasions, I recall letting M know that if she wanted to join me in the pool or visit, to just let me know.  I never heard from her.

She did much for the Lord.  However, she was a rather private person.

As it turned out, no one knew she died.  At least, not right away.

From what I heard, neighbours on her floor of the apartment building, were complaining about an odour.  Then, someone who fairly regularly spoke with M, asked the building manager to open her apartment.

There she was.  Dead. 

What I heard was that she had been gone so long, that her body was like jelly.


This was not the first time I had heard about something like that happening to a person.  In fact, it happened a few years ago to a fellow brother in the Lord, in his apartment.

At first, I felt badly that both of these people I knew experienced death, this way. 

It's certainly not something I would wish on anyone I know!  Not even my worst enemy.

It made me sad thinking they were alone.  But then, within seconds after thinking this, I realized they truly were not alone.

Just as God told us in Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Neither of my friends who died in this lonely circumstance, were truly alone.  Jesus was with them.  Just as He told us, when He said that He is with us always.  Even unto the end of the world!

For this, I praised God! 

Both were children of God.  Both, trusted in Jesus. 

And, both did work for Him!  Just as the verses above, mention.

For this, I praised God!  And, enjoyed the memorial service for M.

Afterwards, everyone was invited into the fellowship hall, to enjoy finger foods and beverages.  And, to meet with others who were blessed to have known M.

Friend, are you a child of God?

I know M was.  And, this means that she is now with our Lord, in Heaven.  After all, for a believer in Jesus, to be absent from the body, is to be with the Lord.

If you do not know Jesus as your Saviour, please don't wait.  Come to Christ, today.

Once we take our final breath, it is too late.  There's no turning back.  And, no way of escaping Hell, if you are not saved.

What must you do to be saved?

Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).

Until next time...

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