“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always consigned to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you…. Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that is far beyond comparison. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:10-12; 16-18
I watched her take her last breath.
It was the most heart-wrenching, yet glorious moment I’ve ever experienced. My mom was peaceful and ready. She knew Jesus would be meeting her as she left us. After 24 hours of no movement, she took her hands out of mine and my sister’s, crossed them over her chest, and left this world.
I struggled in the weeks prior to that to find comfort and understanding in the reality that this vibrant, healthy, incredible woman could be riddled with a disease the way she was. Scripture tells us that we carry in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus can also be revealed in our body; although our bodies are wasting away, our spirits are being renewed day by day. As I meditated on those verses, I was reminded we are not made for this life. We are souls with a temporary body in a temporary home, always on the road back to our Creator as we are being daily renewed.
Now, when I use my voice in song to worship Him, I think about the fact that those who have gone before us are worshipping Him too, and I rejoice knowing that we will worship together forever! Although we don’t always get the miracle we want, the miracle we do get is far better. As sure as my fingers scatter across this keyboard, I’m sure my mom got the miracle she wanted, and I know mine is coming too – eternal life with Christ.
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of eternal life with you. Thank you for loving us too much to leave us in this world forever. Thank you for the promise that we will be with you in Paradise, and that we will be reunited with loved ones who love you. Help us to fix our eyes on the unseen, on the everlasting promises of Christ, our Savior. In His name, Amen.
Worship Ministry – Praise Team
First Baptist Broken Arrow