No doubt that last week was the hardest week of my life. But praise God, yesterday was a good one. I woke up excited at the prospects of the day. I always look forward to our church gathering on the Lord’s Day. And yesterday, Pastor Mike preached the best Christmas message I’ve ever heard! He began his Christmas series by preaching on Mary, the mother of Jesus, from Luke 1.. He showed how that God could and did use her in a mighty way because of her of her attitude of submission and obedience to His word- "be it unto me according to thy word" verse (verse 38). And the other thing was her humility- "the low estate of his handmaiden" verse 48). And oh, what a living example of that we saw in Harriet!
And then the memorial service. Getting to see old friends was a blessing I was looking forward to! And then the chance to hear folks pay tribute to the Jesus in Harriet and to do the same myself. Many of Harriet’s friends she had witnessed to and prayed for heard the GOSPEL loudly, clearly and sweetly.
And I got PREACH for the first time in forever! All day long I was thanking our Lord that "this is closure" that folks talk about. And I suppose it was – for yesterday. It was a good day with friends and loved ones and relatives and kids even one or two folks older than me.
But this morning!!! I wonder if there will ever be any closure. God knows I hope not. I never want to close the book on "Dun and Harriet". It is just on hold. Because of our Lord and His Amazing Grace, we can expect and anticipate eternity together with Him.
What about being married in heaven? Will I know Harriet? Will she know me? Well this morning I think what our Lord is showing me is that we will be so absolutely enthralled with our Lord and His person, His majesty and His greatness and all His attributes, we will have that soul satisfying, all encompassing wholeness and fulfillment that will be far more than satisfying. We will "know as we are known" the Scriptures promise us. I’ll be known as Jesus own possession! I’ll be Jesus trophy of grace!
Now I’m about to get back on ‘shouting ground’ as the old preachers used to say. And sure enough, when get your nose in THE BOOK and begin to thank and praise Him, He gives you “‘BEAUTY FOR ASHES, THE OIL OF JOY FOR MOURNING, THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS!”