by Beth Fore
“He who was seated on the
throne said, ‘I am making
everything new!’ Then he
said, ‘Write this down, for
these words are trustworthy
and true.’ He said to me:
‘It is done. I am the Alpha
and the Omega, the Beginning
and the End. To him who is thirsty
I will give to drink without cost
from the spring of the water
of life. He who overcomes
will inherit all this, and I will
be his God and he will be
(Revelation 21:5-7 NIV)
A Beautiful Journey
My loved one is going on a beautiful journey
to a place that surpasses all places.
There she will meet Jesus, our Savior,
and be reunited with familiar faces.
My loved one is going to sing with the angels
as the heavenly chorus sings songs of praise.
She’ll be the one with a smile on her face;
and with a joyful heart, her hands she will raise.
My loved one is going to live in Paradise
where she will experience no more pain.
There will be no more physical suffering,
no earthly heartache or tears will remain.
My loved one is going to live with Jesus,
and in His loving arms she will safely rest.
She will continue to serve Him faithfully
and offer herself at her very best.
My loved one is going to her heavenly home,
the place where her spirit longs to be.
She will be clothed in garments of white
and live with Jesus as He reigns in majesty.
My loved one is going on a beautiful journey,
on the wings of eagles she will soar;
and she will dwell in the house of the Lord
and live in His presence forevermore.
*The reward for living the Christian life is to know, with blessed assurance, that God is in heaven and Jesus is reigning on His throne and Christians will be raised from their graves and this world; and they will be carried to a place that is beautiful and new and has been made ready for them. Since this is true, Christians should welcome death in this body because it hastens the moment when we will leave this world and this body and go home to heaven to live with Jesus forevermore.
“To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” (Revelation 21:7 NIV)
There is a song we sometimes sing that says, “This world is not my home. I’m just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” As Christians, we are living on this earth, but it is not our permanent home.
As long as we are here, we will have joy and pain, good health and suffering, prosperity and poverty. These things are all part of this world. But God assures us that He will take us to heaven to live with Him forever if we are faithful and obedient to Him. We have HOPE! We have a goal to aim toward when things are bleak and dreary.
We are all on a journey, and we will all face obstacles along the way. Christians know that God goes before us, beside us, and behind us to protect us and be ever present in our lives. When we face the battles head on, knowing that Jesus has already won the victory, we will have the courage and strength we need to get through the hard times! We also have one another, other Christians, so that we can encourage one another, carry someone else’s load when he can’t, and know that there are people who love and care for us through this life! When we come to the end of this journey, or walk beside someone else as they end their journey, we need not be afraid! We know that Jesus and his angels will take our spirit from this broken body and carry us to heaven above! Now, that is something we can all get excited about!
- Meditate on this passage for a while. What does it mean to you to know that Jesus will quench your thirst if you allow Him the privilege? He tells us He will give us water from the spring of the water of life freely, if we accept it. What does this mean to you?
- Write down some of the things people have done for you along your journey that have encouraged you and strengthened you and helped you get up when you fall down and keep going. Commit to doing these same things for other people.
- We know that we can’t live a life free of problems, disappointments, heartaches, and suffering. So, why do we try to intervene in our children’s lives to keep them from experiencing these things necessary to maturity in Christ?
- Are you fearful of death? If so, why? Should a Christian fear death?
- A Christian has hope in a better place to live after death. This also gives us hope in this life to face trials and tribulations. Many people do not have this hope. How should this motivate us to share this hope with other people?
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