Eternal Perspective
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Eternal Perspective

Tragic events happen. Yesterday I went to the funeral for a young man, just 31 years old. There were unanswered questions about his death, but the service provided a message of hope.

Thirty-four years ago, my son passed away after a two year battle with leukemia. The pain of his death was searing. He had been in Awana for several years and had memorized Bible verses. A couple weeks before his death we talked about Revelation 21: 3-4

And I heard a loud verse from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, no crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

I am glad Steven attended Awana and I am grateful for the Bible study that I have participated in over the years. It has been a blessing to meet with women to study the Bible and pray. The Lord Jesus desires us to be in community, supporting each other.

The disciple, John, instructs us to have an eternal perspective. In his gospel he writes, These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31

John gives further instruction in his epistles, letters to the churches.

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we will see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

Since last September I have been studying the book of Revelation with women from my church. John’s visions demonstrate the spiritual battle on earth. We are in it, but there is an exciting contrast to the battle. The scenes of worship that take place throughout the book give us joy. We can look forward to the fulfillment of God’s plan.

And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. Revelation 22:7

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

12 Comments on “Eternal Perspective

  1. May they both rest in peace.
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  2. My heart goes out to you, and to the mom of the young man whose funeral you attended.
    I cannot even start to imagine the pain of losing a child.
    Yes, we know they are with Jesus and that we will see them again, but that does not lessen the pain.

    1. Thank-you Sandra, but I must tell you something. I believe that Jesus understood my grief. Following the birth of Steven and his twin sister I had severe complications and almost had a hysterectomy. I was advised not to become pregnant again. But after Steven went to be with the Lord, I had a healthy pregnancy. God gave us a second son as a gift.

  3. Losing someone close to us is one of the most challenging experiences in life, and it’s understandable to have unanswered questions about their passing. However, I’m glad that the service provided a message of hope during such a difficult time.

    Thank you for sharing your personal story of losing your son to leukemia 34 years ago. I can only imagine how painful that must have been for you and your family. It’s heartwarming to hear that the bible verses your son learned through Awana and the support you received through bible study and prayer helped you find comfort and peace.

    32 years ago, my sister’s little boy died of cancer. He was six and fought for 3 years but didn’t get better. It broke our hearts. But we also found comfort in the Shepherd, who brought little Leonard home.

    I admire your commitment to studying the bible and finding hope in its teachings, even during times of struggle and loss. The verses you shared, such as Revelation 21:3-4 and 1 John 3:2, provide a powerful reminder of the promise of eternal life and the hope we have in Christ.

    Thank you for sharing your journey and reminding us of the importance of community and support during difficult times.

    1. Thanks for visiting. I believe we know the Lord in a deeper way when we go through loss. I spent more time praying.

  4. I am sorry for your tremendous loss. I am glad you have a great community of believers to meet with. Revelation used to scare me as a kid before I heard the hope in it.

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