I recently had surgery on my knee and my in-laws watched our two toddlers for us while I was incapable of doing so (Thank you so much!). They, unfortunately, live 3 hours away so we went a whole month without seeing them. It was tough on everyone, especially my 3 year old little boy. He had fun with his grandparents, but every time we were on the phone with him, he would ask us (specifically Daddy) to come get him and bring him home. It broke our hearts (I may or may not have cried when he would ask that). Ever since he has been back he has been extra clingy. He even had a meltdown the other night when my husband ran into the store real quick to get a gallon of milk. This wasn’t just a fit because he wanted to go too and didn’t get his way. He was screaming for Daddy to come back and crying because he was afraid of Daddy leaving him again.
We have many military friends that have to be away from their family way too often and for longer than we had to be apart. I am thankful for our military personnel that make this sacrifice for all of us. I know it is hard on them. It is hard for anyone to be away from those they love for an extended period of time. The hardest separation that any of us can face, however, is when someone we love leaves this world.
During the month my kids weren’t home, two people I love passed away. That grief made me miss my babies all the more. One was my Aunt Nancy who had been battling lung cancer for years. She was so genuine, kind, loving, and giving. She was an amazing woman. She will be sorely missed. I will always regret that we didn’t drive the few extra hours to go see her when we visited my dad this past summer. We had intended to, but the kids were already having a tough time with all of the driving and we opted not to go. I lost my last chance to see her. We also lost a good friend of ours who was an elder in the congregation we are a part of. Trey wrote a post about him a couple of weeks ago: In Honor of Brother Vinson
This week has been very hard on friends of ours. We have some friends who lost their young niece to cancer on Sunday, a coworker and friend of my husband lost his wife yesterday, a friend of mine lost his father earlier this week, and today a friend of ours lost her mother.
All of these things make me think about how we are not promised tomorrow. Neither are our children. I hold my babies a little bit tighter any time I hear of someone losing their child- whether it is a friend or a stranger my heart breaks for them. We never know how much time we have left. There is no way to know if that will be the last time I get to hold them.
Each time someone dies people say that you need to spend more time on the important things: tell those you love that you love them, spend extra time with those that matter to you even if it might be a little inconvenient sometimes. How many of us take that to heart? How many of us only do it for a short time then get back into our day to day rush where we miss those precious little moments with our family? I know I have been guilty of doing it. Hold your babies, love your babies, thank God for your babies and that you are blessed with another day with them. Tell them you love them all the time. You can still get things done (chores, work, etc.) and take an extra few minutes to just be with them. Don’t take this time for granted. Call your parents more to let them know you are thinking of them. Make time for those that matter to you. Even if it is just sending them a quick text to let them know you are thinking about them. Don’t wait to do it, you may not get another chance.
“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14
Every single day in a year is significant to someone in some fashion. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and even days when a person dies are of great significance. To myself and many others yesterday marked both a day of mourning and of joy as our dearly beloved brother in Christ George Vinson passed beyond the veil into Abraham’s bosom.
We mourn because a hole was left in our lives. Brother George was a kind, generous man who had the Lord’s Word on his mind, heart, and tongue where ever he went. He was a mentor to me and to anyone he met and his death is a loss to this world.
He always said that he would rather wear out than rust out. And that’s exactly what he did. The day before his heart attack he had been working with some of the men on our heater for our auditorium. The day of his heart attack he was getting ready to go back and work on it some more. He was always doing something for someone or for the church. And if he wasn’t helping people with their physical needs, he was studying with them to help with their spiritual needs.
He spoke in his last class about another brother of the Church and the question that was asked when he passed on many years before: “…who will take his place?” As an answer he taught of the example of how Elijah’s mantle was passed down to Elisha, and how Jesus passed on the mantle to his disciples. And with his own words he unintentionally provided us comfort for the days to come… Who will take his place? Who will fill the hole that has been left by such a giant of a man?
We will. We will do the Lord’s work in the absence of these great men.
We can never be fully ready to give up a loved one. I wasn’t ready to give him up because I felt I had so much to learn from him still. However, because he spoke from the Word, I know I can still learn the things he would teach.
We have joy because we know that he has received his eternal reward. He oft quoted 1 John 5:13 and taught that we should know without a doubt that we are going to heaven when the Lord claims us.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
He knew with unwavering certainty of his destination; and we can know as well. We CAN see him again some day.
To do this we must hear the Word of God and learn that we have fallen short of His will. We must take what we have learned and believe and turn that belief into action… into faith. That active belief will urgently and immediately guide us to obeying His will by confessing His name, repenting of our sins, and being baptized for the forgiveness of our sins.
Finally we must stay faithful to the Lord in all things. We may slip, but as long as we are seeking His will with a repentant heart, His grace will cover us.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
2 Timothy 4:6-8
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Please, if you have any doubt about your salvation, let someone know! Email me or call one of the Elders or Deacons at our congregation. We will be happy to study with you.
I want to leave you with a video recording of Brother George’s last bible class. He was a great man and a great teacher. There is no greater way to honor him than helping the legacy he left behind to continue to spread the gospel for many years. We love and miss you Brother George, and we are praying for your family in this time of loss, sorrow, and joy.
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Praise be to God for these past eight years!
When I was younger, I cried out to the Lord for a companion to fill in the empty spaces in my heart. As is typical with the young, I was completely oblivious that the whole time He was gently telling me to wait while He prepared us for each other. However when we were ready, He introduced me to a fiery young woman and my heart began singing and has yet to cease its song.
I am proud to say that eight years ago today my wife and I declared in front of our friends and family our love for and commitment for each other.
I am so grateful for her loving support during life’s ups and downs. We’ve had some rough times and some easy times, but over all it has been wonderful. I can truly look back and say that I would marry her over and over and over again Groundhog Day style if I had to do so.
I thank God for the amazing gift of our marriage and I pray that we may always serve Him with it.