I just got back from a conference in Nashville on Saturday. Great time but glad to be home. I was enjoying my time at church Sunday when at the end of the service our pastor announced that a woman, whom many in our church knew, had died. She worked along side her husband in a ministry our church was involved with and she had spoken at our ladies retreat a few years before. I did not know her well but she left an impact on my life. Matter of fact, I had even quoted her in my last book. And had actually shared about her at one of my interviews at the conference I was just at in Nashville. She had been battling cancer for awhile but her death stunned me. In fact tears instantly flowed. For my friend sitting next to me as well.
Then on Monday I got word that another friend from my church had died that morning. She was battling ALS. Both of these women were in their 60's. Both loved the Lord with all their hearts. Both had been great influences in peoples lives around them. This hit me hard. Not because I was worried about their eternity, not in the least. I was just amazed how life can just change in a flash. Then the tornado in Nashville, not far from where I had been three days prior. Wow. The first thing that came to my mind was the old hymn We Have An Anchor -
"We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior's Love."
I know my faith is solid and where my eternity lies. Nothing can take that from me. I have no fear of death. These women who died had no fear either. They were joyful examples of His powerful love. They are rejoicing in Heaven with their Jesus. I hope you have that same assurance too. God promises in His Word in Romans 10:9, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved".
Love to you dear friends, praying for your eternity.
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