There is a mother/daughter team who comes to my weekly Bible study. The daughter must be about my age, her mother is 92. Both of them are beautifully spiritual with a grace, love, and joy that is astounding.
They walked in on Thursday with smiles on their faces, but quickly shared with us that the mother's son/the daughter's brother died in our last snow storm while shoveling snow. He was 58.
They shared the story: The mother was waiting to serve him lunch as he was shoveling her driveway. She waited and waited. Finally there was a knock at her front door. She opened it to find policemen standing there. This is how she heard the news that her son had died.
A vehicle had driven down the block and saw a man lying face-up in the snow and phoned 911. The police took photographs of the scene and later brought one of the photos to the mother.
Her son, although dead in the snow, had a smile on his face. The police could not get over it. "What was he smiling at?", seemed to haunt them.
Mother/daughter know. He saw Jesus as his last breath left his body and he traveled Home! This son/brother was a single man who served Jesus his whole adult life. A great reward awaits him.
All of us around our giant table cried.
Except mother and daughter. They comforted us with smiles on their faces. Joy, unspeakable and - truly - full of glory abounded in them...
...in spite of their grieving for a son/brother they deeply love and ache for.
How can this be? Because this mother/daughter team knows God's Word. Believes God's Word. Therefore, they KNOW where their son/brother is. And the result is peace. Peace that surpasses all understanding, which guards their hearts and minds.
We all have that hope set before us: Heaven. Glorious, tears-no-more Heaven. Physical and emotional pain-no-more Heaven. Heaven, where peace and joy, grace and love are an eternal way of life.
And of course Glorious Jesus Christ to welcome us Home...
Oh, I cannot wait!
Because of Him and Unto Him,