Family Reunion

Family Reunion

"He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The LORD has spoken!" Isaiah 25:8 NLT

I walked over, shook his hand, and said, "Good to see you."

Almost four years had passed since my family had seen my youngest brother. And it's not because he has no way to get here, because he's mad at anyone, or because he's too busy. Four years ago, Mom remarried. While my middle brother and I were okay with her remarrying, our younger brother wasn't. He's never met her husband-and doesn't care to.

One day, I received a text from my brother saying he was going to be in our hometown. He was bringing his two girls who wanted to see some of the places where he had grown up and visit some of the cemeteries where our relatives were buried. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to visit with him, my wife and I-along with our two grands and other brother and his son, headed out.

Though it was only our immediate family, being together was like a family reunion-something our family hadn't experienced in four years. We ate together, visited old homes where we once lived, stopped by a few cemeteries, and even got to see two more cousins along the way. Though the drive was long, the experience was worth it.

The prophet speaks of a time when things that divide now will not anymore. And of a time when unpleasant experiences will be wiped away forever. Death will be non-existent. No more tears shed over the things that make us shed tears-death, broken relationships, immorality, crime, loss. No more attacks on God's people.

Heaven isn't just a pie in the sky dream by those who tire of earth's complications. It is an actual place inhabited by angels, believers, and a real God who wants everyone to live there. Things that separate us on earth will be wiped away. Fellowship with God and each other-with no sinful tint to our relationships, will be enjoyed forever.

The only catch is effort. I had to drive two hours to see my brother. God requires repentance of my sins and faith in His Son's sacrifice for my sins on Calvary. Once that is complete, we have the greatest family reunion ever to look forward to.

Make sure you don't miss God's family reunion. Prayer: Father, thank You for preparing a place where we can live with You forever.

Martin Wiles Hodges, South Carolina, USA

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