Tonight I am reminded why the phone is by the bed. It is the call in the night, expected or unexpected that we either await or dread. For some time I have been listening for a call. My youngest sister had to make that call in the night. She has been with our brother’s family, ministering to the them and the needs of our brother and sweet Sister-in-love, Joanne, who took her final journey from earth to glory with tonight’s call. We have been praying for a quick and painless retreat from this world. Her flesh died of a fast growing cancerous brain tumor, diagnosed 5 weeks ago yesterday. Her eternal body is now alive and rejoicing with her Savior. My dear brother was with her in the doctors office the day they received the news, and her first response was, “I’m okay with that.” She had a confidence in her Savior and relationship with Jesus.
I don’t know what an eternal body is going to be like, but I do know there will be no sorrow there; Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
My brother Brucie, is not so “okay with that”. Like many before, he will now find his refuge in his relationship with Jesus, and the brothers and sisters who make up the body of Christ that surround him. This is a wound that may stop bleeding in time, but will be carried ‘until that day’. Revelation 21:3 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”
Keeping our relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son and The Holy Spirit in right standing gives us great hope in the midst of great earthly sorrow this night. One day, and it won’t be long now, I shall see Him whom my soul loves, and all those loved ones gone before in Christ. What a blessedness and comfort in the night when the phone rings.