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Day 9: Really Real


A peace filled the room as I looked into his eyes

and prayed, as that is all I knew what to do.

I was uncomfortable, as I am not a pro at this,

because I don't know what I am doing,

so I prayed first to

GOD

to give me the words~

because what else do you do when you know the person

you are praying with does not have much more time left on this earth~

You PRAY.

It isn't fun looking at death in its face,

even though it is a reality for all of us.

But when you get so close to it

you realize it is really real

and there is no turning back~

so where else do you look~

but to

HIM

because

HE is all we have and all we need, especially in those moments when

we have no control over the one thing that we think we have control over ~

our time here on earth.

My friend Paul is in "hospice", a word that I am getting tired of hearing

because it is just an appetizer to what is to come.

It is again a time for me to face my reality, as we will all get a turn

because our days our numbered here

BUT

our days in ETERNITY are not, as they never end.

So what am I afraid of when I look into the eyes of someone who is getting ready for his eternity?

Is it fear of the unknown, even though we are told that ~

"HE will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Or is it my wondering if I really believe what JESUS said to the criminal on the cross

next to HIM~

"JESUS answered him, 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with ME in paradise'." Luke 23:43

Oh my faith is so big, but at times like this it is so small~

because it isn't fun looking death in its face

because it makes you look at death in its face for yourself~

BUT then you realize that

JESUS is REAL!

HE suffered more than any one us will because

GOD hates sin so much that HE killed it on the cross,.

So that in these moments when I pray for

GOD'S PEACE & PRESENCE

to overwhelm my friend's heart,

JESUS comes in and becomes more than REAL

because

HE said so to Martha who was mourning her brother's death~

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in ME, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in ME shall never die..." John 11:25-26a

Because JESUS conquered death on the cross~

" O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin [by which it brings death] is the law;

but thanks be to GOD, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our

LORD JESUS CHRIST.".1 Corinthians 15:55-57

BUT then

JESUS asks the question to Martha just as HE asks all of us~

"DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?" John 11: 26b

Will you pray for Paul, and for all of those in hospice,

for GOD to overwhelm their hearts

with

JESUS

and our own hearts as we are always faced with our eternity.

JESUS IS NOT A RESOLUTION~

HE IS REAL!


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