* Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)
I come from a long line of patriots. service persons and first responders. Remembering what Memorial Day is actually about is not an annual event in my circles. We remember our fallen frequently, all year around.
I thank God that this year all my offspring have officially retired from military service. I can’t help but remember how close we came to a different perspective. We are fortunate indeed.
Please take time to reflect upon the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy and too often take for granted.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!””
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
I am astounded to discover that I either missed something – or I forgot – often.
Initially this worried me. As many times as I have read the Bible, I don’t remember catching the whole meaning of a verse I memorized early on in my walk with Jesus:
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
Rev 7:17 (NIV)
Emphasis on the remember part of my opening sentence. This got me wondering how many times I’ve parroted the words, “there are no tears in heaven.” I’m not gonna lie, the thought made me shiver a little.
Ahem. It stands to reason that, since “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there will be tears – in heaven.”*
So immediately following this profound revelation (or review, whatever) I initially felt a little frightened at the thought of having misled loved ones.
But wait, there’s more:
“…he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;
He will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah 25:8 (NIV)
Whew! My bad, but thanks to Jesus it’s not on me. Or on Eric Clapton either.
Initially I like the image of heaven without tears. But in heaven God heals each wound once and for all – finally and for evermore.
That’s not to say we won’t all account for our every word and deed. We will – good, not-so-good and bad. I don’t like to admit I have much to be ashamed of and to weep over. Even so, we get to ask forgiveness. What’s more, we don’t have to wait – we can be forgiven now. And then we get heaven! YEAH!!
With such a subjective memory as mine, today I must declare:
“Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Isaiah 25:9 (NIV)
… And God will help me to never forget it!
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With all due diligence honor the sacrifices of those we remember today.
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NLT)
Images courtesy, Memorial Day 2016 and Nathan Lambert/E.V.A. Lambert
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