Death beckoned her with outstretched hand
And whispered softly of an unknown land,
But she was not afraid to go
For though the path she did not know
She took death’s hand without a fear
For God who safely brought her here
Had promised He would lead the way
Into eternity’s bright day.
For none of us need go alone
Into the valley that is unknown,
But, guided by our Father’s hand
We journey to the promised land.
She was your special loving mother
You shared your lives with one another,
And you’ll find comfort for your grief
In knowing her death brought sweet relief.
For, now she is free from all suffering and pain
And your great loss became her gain…
You know that her love is with you still
For she loved you in life and always will.
Love like hers can never end
Because it is the perfect blend
Of joy and sorrows, smiles and tears,
That just grew stronger with the years.
Love like hers can never die
For she’s taken it with her to the sky…
So think of mum as living above
No farther away than your undying love.
For now she is happy and free once more
And she’s waiting for you at Heaven’s door.
Helen Steiner Rice
“Behold, I will pour our my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention; And you neglected all my counsel and did not want my reproof.” Proverbs 1:23b-25 (NASB)
Generally speaking, God’s kingdom is a synonym for God’s rule. Those who choose to live in His kingdom (though still very much alive on Planet Earth) choose to live under His authority. . .
The kingdom is the invisible realm where God rules as supreme authority. That’s helpful news. The bad news is that we, by nature, don’t want Him to rule over us; we much prefer to please ourselves. . .
To put it bluntly, we don’t want anybody other than ourselves ruling over us! Much like those people in a story Jesus once told, “We do not want this man to reign over us!” (Luke 19:14). Not until we experience a spiritual rebirth will we submit to God’s rule.
“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth).” Ephesians 5:8-9 (NASB)
The call to discipleship — the call to live in the light — is a call to reflect the light of God’s glory as revealed in Jesus Christ together with God’s people in a community of faith. This call is at the core of the Church’s purpose. The Church is called to reflect the light of God’s love and grace in obedience. To reflect that light is to be involved in God’s redemptive mission in the world. That involvement signifies glorious privilege and awesome responsibility.