Today I am celebrating my Mom’s third heavenly birthday. When I learned of her diagnosis (a cancerous brain tumor) just 11 months before her death I don’t know that I ever thought that I would be “celebrating” her arrival into Heaven. But I am.
My Mom was far from perfect. But she loved the Lord. I know that without a doubt. She trusted Him, she lived for Him, and she praised Him. Her life was a reflection of her Savior.
As I have grown in my faith walk over the last few years one of the biggest joys in my life is worshipping the Lord. I have discovered a new intimacy in worship that has allowed me to turn my gaze from whatever life has brought my way and turned my eyes back to the Lord – my protector and advocate, my hope and bright future, my portion and my prize, the creator of all things, the defeater of sin and death.
There are so many worship songs that speak of Heaven and earth worshipping the Lord and I love to close my eyes, raise my hands and know that my Mom and I are worshipping our Savior together in that very moment.
Nehemiah 9:6 You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
Can you think of a time in your life when you were so excited for two special people in your life to meet for the first time? I think so often of the glorious reunion that will take place in Heaven. My Mom, awaiting the arrival of her precious loved ones to introduce us to The One who died for us all.
Revelation 17:14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is the Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.
Are you facing a great challenge in your life? Are you lost, hurting, lonely? Are you without hope? I would encourage you to seek the Lord through His word and prayer but also through worship. When you study the word of the Lord, believe what he has said, take ahold of his promises and live a life that presses towards Him – you can’t help but to have a life that overflows with worship for who God is.
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
I love you Mom and can’t wait to dance in the presence of the Lord with you!read more