Wednesday, March 29, 2017

no eye has seen

“What eye has seen no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him. 

(1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV)

We sat around the bed, there was laughter as we chatted together. With so many of us gathered to be with her it was like a party, we said! We should play a game! Hangman on the white board, together we spelled out "Daffodil" -- so beautiful and full of life.

We took some bread with us from our lunch, and some juice and made a makeshift plate with a napkin, and washed out Granny’s Sippy cup for some juice. Then we read together the story of Jesus breaking bread with his disciples. "This is my body broken for you." "This is my blood poured out for you." We passed the bread and the juice round, helping Granny to take part. There was peaceful quiet as we prayed. And at the end "Amen!" Granny looked up as she also said "Amen!" and she smiled. We anointed her and prayed for God to pour out peace and blessing.

As we left, for she was tired, we said our goodbyes. I remember saying "See you very soon!" as I held her hand and kissed her cheek. And I knew where we would see each other again very soon. When, a few days later, Mum messaged us to let us know she had died, she said she looked so peaceful. 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth in to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3 NIV) 
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Ezekiel 37:27 NIV)
Our hope is in Christ, the one who has gone ahead led the way and prepared a place for us. It is sure and certain. We will be going home.

My littlest will often say, "I want to go home" when things aren’t right or aren’t feeling ok for her. When her anxieties take hold, I hold her tight and whisper reassurance, "You are home, home is here." But sometimes she looks at me and says, "No, Mummy, home is with God," in heaven. Goodness, it pulls on the heart strings! I desperately want her to feel most at home with me, in my embrace. Yet, she challenges me, reminding me that we belong to God. Our home is with Him. And I have to remind myself that it is wonderful that she knows she is safest, most free to be herself, most at home with Him. 

Am I eagerly anticipating all that is to come for me in Christ? 

I get so caught up in the world around me, my responsibilities, my work, the ones I love and have care of. Do I need a reminder today of the bigger picture? 

Do I need the Holy Spirit to still me, and give me peace and a taste of what’s to come? 

PRAY: Lord God, hide me in Christ today and remind me Whose I am. Help me to stand firm in the sure, certain hope I have in You. Open my heart to be eager for Your presence breaking into my here and now, and in Your forever future for me.

Cathy Porter

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