May 31, 2012 – Family Update
As I write this, boxes our piling up high all around our apartment. The thought of moving our family in just a few days brings to mind all the people we are in the midst of saying “Goodbye” to. Have I mentioned that I hate saying “Goodbye”? for something I hate to say, we’ve been saying it a lot lately! We’ve said it at our Trinity Community where we live, the Russian Baptist Church where we’ve made great friends, and this Sunday we’ll say it to Gurnee Community Church (www.gcchome.org) where we’ve been serving for four years! As I look in scripture, I’ve realized that there is a good reason why the word should not sit well with me!
1 Thess. 4:16-18, says…
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”
Part of this passage rings in my mind when I say the word “Goodbye” to Christians… “and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord”! This dramatic description of the day the Lord returns promises me that all Christians will one day be together again and forever with Jesus Christ! No matter what happens to separate Christians physically from each other in this life, there’s a guaranteed day coming when a Huge, Holy reunion will take place with all of us and Jesus! So if we are going to live like we believe this, then here is my proposal. Don’t say “Goodbye” to other Christians. Say “See you later!”, “Hasta luego!”, “увидимся позже”, or as a good friend of mine said to me once, “See you here, there or in the air!” Say any kind of temporary salutations you like but remember it’s just for now, not for forever and that’s why “Goodbyes” are not for me!!!
– IN Christ – Jon Fowler
Here are some of the faces we can’t wait to See Later!!!