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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Forever Up

We sat there~

My Husband, our Mother & I~

having a visit


then it happened.

They came,

one by one

in a wheelchair

& sat right next to us.

Three precious women

whose hearts I could see through

their eyes.

They may not remember

who they are

or know what they were saying,

yet we had a conversation

They had many more years than I,


once they were my age

once they knew their name

once they were surrounded by people

in their homes

living lives

like you and I.

As much as it saddened me

that they no longer could live at home


that they didn't understand what was going on

I looked up in my sadness

& then I saw



it all made sense.

A smile came upon my heart,

as I loved upon them & my precious mother-in-law


"For this world is not our permanent home;

we are looking forward to a home yet to come." (Hebrews 13:14)


"We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace." (I Chronicles 29:15)


"But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven!

We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ,

who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like His own.

He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which

He is putting everything as it should be, under and around Him." (Philippians 3:20-21)

My heart overfilled with


for them & for me & for you,

as we are all the same~

just a bunch of little kids

wanting the same thing

to be Loved

to be Seen

to be Heard.

In an instant

it all made sense


I wanted to say to all of them

"You just wait and see.

This is nothing.

There is so much more to come

that will blow your socks off."


Thank You Lord

for reminding me


there is so much more beyond our eyes can see~

"Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.

Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now;

rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.

For the things we see now will soon be gone,

but the things we cannot see will last forever." (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Listen below to "This is Not Where I Belong"

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