I have Taken A Break.
by Dick Hunt, April 7th, 2013.
My previous Story was written shortly after the Passing away of my beloved wife, Ruth on March 27th. Her Funeral was from St. John the Divine Church in Maple Ridge on April 4th at which time many great Family and Friends were present. It was a great comfort to me and to the family to know so many people cared and shared their love. So has ended the most beautiful marriage immaginable after we pledged our vows to each other more than 68 years before. And now, although our physical presence has come to a close, our spiritual contact is simply in abeyance until we meet again in the Kingdom of God in heaven. We both believe in the Communion of Saints and have done since we each committed our lives to the Lord Jesus, before we ever met. The Promise of God for His Children never wavers – His Love, in Jesus’ name is the same, today, yesterday and forever.
So I carry on, with the members of the Family standing by to share the love that is so precious across the miles, in every way possible in their busy lives. I do not feel lonely because I am in the very presence of our Lord and Shepherd, who surrounds me with His constant love and Spirit. His final contact with His Apostles before He ascended into Heaven to be with His Father until His coming again, gives us the assurance that His Spirit will be with us constantly until He comes again to guide, comfort, teach and empower us while we carry on in trust.
We do not know the time or place of our being called to our final breath. But we can be sure we will be called to be home, to be with “those whom we have loved and lost awhile”. And although we will not simply be “reunited in Marriage.” ‘There is no marrying nor giving in Marriage in Heaven’, (Matthew 22:30), every person in Heaven will know one another in the deepest of Love, in the Presence of the Lord Jesus. I have no doubt whatsoever that Ruth is in heaven with the Lord God our Father, Jesus our Saviour, the Holy Spirit, the Saints and the Angels of God. So I am a widower, awaiting my call to go home to heaven, to be where everyone loves everyone else. I believe that we will all know our departed loved ones and love everyone in Heaven as there will be no sin in Heaven, else it would no longer be perfect.
There is no reason to become careless about our life when we lose our mates, just because we will not simply continue our marriage relationship as a couple in Heaven. We will be hugely blessed in the Father’s Kingdom as we continue to serve Him in holiness and righteousness and obedience, where time is not a factor - neither a hindrance nor a help. Time is a factor only here in our present life where days are measured in hours and minutes and seconds. Time does fly and is precious. We ought not to waste it, but spend it wisely in becoming the person we are called to be with the gifts we have been given. That task is to be effective in serving others, making sure they know the Lord Jesus is calling as many as we have contact with and sharing the best news of all, the Love of the Lord.