Death and Life and The ONE With The Keys

We’ve experienced another moving Good Friday, thankful to the Lord for His eternal love for us, the power and hope of Easter Sunday swallowing death with Life!Just got home after many hours of flying to and from Australia, well over 1,000 miles of travel along the countryside and in towns and cities there as we do each year in North America and other countries overseas.Very early this morning we heard of the horrible plane crash killing the Polish president, his wife and many of their leaders… who were on the way towards some sense of reconciliation with the Russians who 70 years ago killed thousands of those who were then their top leaders.Last night we celebrated our eldest grandson’s birthday, a really fun time with many friends, pizza, cake, karaoke and dancing, just a fun time.This afternoon we linked up with old friends who came back to Chicago to a memorial service for their beloved daughter- she was a young wife and mother who went to be with Jesus very early in life.Also in attendance was another old Christian biker friend whose wife is finally recovering to do better after a tragic motorcycle accident (though no fault of theirs). For many months they’d dealt with suffering related to her brain/concussion injuries from that wreck. I will never forget his eyes as he spoke to me about the love of his life some months later, worried that she may never be the same or perhaps even get worse. Thank God, she is doing well!The recent West Virginia coal mine explosion and loss of life, Brazil’s floods and landslides, earthquakes in Haiti and elsewhere, there is so much happening in this life we can neither fully control nor fully explain- let’s face it.But how to “face it”!?In all this I could not help but think of the deep mercy given to so many over these weeks and days, to this very day. Some reached it in sadness and loss, others in full recovery and answered prayer.I of course thought and think (and pray) about my dear wife, children, sons-in-law and grandchildren which I love so very much, our family, extended family, Project 12 and JPUSA, all family in Christ and so many more.Looking out at Lake Michigan’s waves on this sunny, warm, windy Spring day I thumbed through a little volume of G.K. Chesterton quotes dear friends gave me a year or so ago.I’ve loved his work for a long time, but two quotes wrapped all this up for me quite well. I’ll finish this little blog with his words and the words of my Lord Jesus Who has and shall have the last word:”The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground”. -G.K. Chesterton”You have never laughed in all your life as I shall laugh in death”. -G.K. ChestertonJesus in John 16.33 (Weymouth trans.):”I have spoken all this to you in order that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have affliction. But keep up your courage: I have won the victory over the world.”


1 Comment

  1. That really touched me Glenn. I was just mentioning on fb how much my family is a blessing from our Lord. It is the fellowship of family and the Love of our Lord that is the most important in life (not in that order of course the Lord is first). Thanks for your reflection.Jason BaumeisterBurlington Wisconsin

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