|LOVE REALLY DOES...COME IN ALL SIZES
Music Download: In My Father's House
I came across a black minister on TV that I’d never heard before, and he told a story that
brought tears to my eyes. As an adult, he had been a Navy chaplain with the rank of admiral, but it was a far
cry from the story he told. Those were days of what history now calls the Great Depression, and everyone we knew was
poor. And as a child, he had wanted to give his Mom a Mother’s Day gift, and had only ten cents.
He said he had gone to the neighborhood grocery store and chose a pack of cough drops and a small pack of Kleenex. He
said he wrapped them in the sack they came in, and had his Dad give Mom his gift.
He said when she
opened the gift, she had begun to cry, and he thought he had done something wrong. But she opened her arms and hugged
him, saying he was the finest son a mother could have.
It reminded me of when I was ten or twelve,
I suppose, and I heard Mom say we needed some lard. (I should mention that if stores had such things as vegetable oil
back then, we didn’t know about it).
Well, my brother, Jerry, was six years younger than
I, but he went with me to a nearby cotton patch, where I picked a few pounds. The farmer must had known me, to let a
kid pick. At any rate, when we headed home, I stopped at Ferd Grissom’s neighborhood grocery, while Jerry went
on. When Mom asked where I was, he said “he’s at the store,” And when I got home, I had bought a pound
of lard. Mom never forgot that.
These are called “Family Love.” Catch it!
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.