We are literally doing nothing except waiting for a phone call that may come at any time now. As many of you may know, Nancy's brother Larry is very close to death. Thank you to all of you who have been praying for him, and for our family at this time. Larry's home-going is now in the Lord's hands, as the doctors have plainly stated there is nothing more they can do for him. So we wait.
I can't imagine what it would be like for those who do not know the Lord. Death is hard enough for those of us who belong to Him, and have assurance of our salvation and our home in heaven. But can you imagine the awful despair of unbelievers who have no hope? I have often said that the biggest difference between the saved and the unsaved is seen in the way they face death. There is a quiet peace and a comforting assurance that comes only to those of us who are Christians in times like these.
The Apostle Paul stressed the importance of believing in Christ, and the hope of the resurrection, with these words: "If Christ is not risen, then our faith is vain, and we are still in our sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep (died) in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable". But now is Christ risen from the dead!" (I Cor. 15:17-20)
One of the last things Larry told me (we all met for dinner in Western Maryland just ten days ago) was that he has never felt so close to God, and he told me the story of how, as a nine year old boy, he trusted Jesus as Savior. Larry's testimony is a source of great comfort to Nancy and me right now.
There is a beautiful Gaither song entitled: "Because He Lives" that contains this line:
"And then some day we'll cross that river, we'll fight life's final war with pain. But then as death gives way to victory, we'll see the lights of glory and we'll know He lives. Because He lives I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives"!
Yes, it's almost time for Larry to "cross the river". Thank God for the hope we have in Christ!