Life’s Fragile Thread

When I was 12, I lost my mother suddenly in a plane crash.  That sunny November morning she had helped me dress for school and then, by early afternoon, in the blink of an eye, she was gone.  I still miss her, and the passing of years has only increased my acute awareness of life’s fragile thread.

Take Every Opportunity
Today, each time my husband leaves for work, I never miss an opportunity for hugs, kisses and “I love you.”  For who knows what a day will bring?  An earthquake, a terrorist attack, an accident?   I cherish my family and friends.  So many have already departed.

The Marvels of Heaven
Won’t Heaven be great!  The Scriptures say it has walls 200 feet thick — Heaven is
a safe place!  It has 12 foundations –Heaven is stable, it cannot be shaken!  And inside,
in the radiant presence of Jesus, there will be no more suffering or pain or separation
or tears.  What a glorious dwelling!

A Frightening Picture
Contrast that to what is said about hell. Hell is described as a bottomless lake — turbulent, unstable, terrifying.  A place of total separation from God, with no love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness– it is a place of hatred, endless suffering and rage.   People who joke about wanting to go to hell because they know their friends will be there, don’t know what they’re saying.  Hell is a place of utter darkness — they will never even find them!

Pearls of Immense Suffering
Heaven’s 12 gates are made of giant pearls. Ann Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter) says she wonders if the size of those pearls don’t represent the immense suffering Jesus had to endure to secure eternal entrance into Heaven just for us, his children.  Think about it!

Is God Calling You?
This day, if you have not yet made a decision about where you will spend eternity, don’t waste another minute, for none of us knows how much time we have. Jesus died so you could live, and live forever in a glorious place, safe, loved and forgiven.  He said “No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is the only gate to Heaven!  This day, I pray you open up your heart to Jesus so that Heaven may open up its gates to you.


“I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6) 

“In my Father’s house there are many mansions.  If it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.”  (John 14:2)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)


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  1. I have never seen that image of your mother before. She is so like you. How astounding to look at her eyes and see your own…
    Thanks for your words and thoughts…
    A xx

    • I feel the same way every time I look at her, too! Hope to see your lovely face one day soon…and what a party awaits us in Heaven!

      ~M. xoxo

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