Six weeks can fly by so quickly or six weeks can seem like an eternity. Six weeks, back in 1992, was the time it took to bring my mom to a much-needed, freedom-bringing humility so that she would be brought into the amazing and beautiful eternity she would share with Jesus. Before this, many years of heartbreak for my parents because of their own brokenness and “lostness”, and continued hurt from my parents because of their abusive behaviors, had been my reality. From the time I was thirteen years old, many tears and many prayers were passionately offered up for both my mom and dad – praying that they would each turn their hearts to Jesus. I desperately wanted them and all of my family to recognize how desperate they are – how desperate we all are – for our holy, eternal, loving God. How desperate we all are for Jesus – our only Savior.
And then, those six weeks came. Six weeks of horrendous suffering for my mom as she was put in the hospital with ovarian cancer, already fully metastasized throughout all of her organs, brain and blood. My mom was fifty-nine years old and her death certificate would soon be written. But not before our loving, holy, forgiving, saving Lord Jesus would write my mom’s name in His Book of Life with His blood offered for the forgiveness of her sins! The same blood that Jesus shed for the forgiveness of my sins. And for yours.
My mom had to humbly come face-to-face with her desperate need for forgiveness and eternal salvation. Those six weeks were a time of deep physical suffering and incredible vulnerability for my mom. But it saved her life for all eternity!
My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. All my longings lie open before you, LORD; my sighing is not hidden from you. I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. – Psalm 38:4-8, 18
Three days before my mom died, while with the Jesus-serving Hospital Chaplain, my mom asked for the forgiveness of her sins and accepted the gift of eternal salvation that Jesus alone can give! Hallelujah! My mom is free. Her humility before God brought her into eternity with Him. Through the love of Jesus, my mom and I will not be eternally separated. We will be together. We will share in a love relationship we never knew here on earth. All this is because of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us. We all need the same blood and sacrifice of Jesus. We all need the same death-defying, resurrection power to bring us to our heavenly, eternal home with Jesus Christ our Lord, our Holy God.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation… – Colossians 1:21-22
How great is our God! How unlimited God is in love, mercy and power! From humility before our God, we are moved into eternity with Him!
Do you know where and with whom you’ll be for all eternity? Jesus is here. He gave His life out of love for you! Ask Him to forgive you. Ask Him to be your Savior. His answer to you is already, “Yes!” You just need to ask and believe.