Meditate with Power!
God Calls Laurie Home!
2 Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Meditate on God’s Word! Fifty eight years ago a little baby with Downs Syndrome was born into this world to a small growing family. Laurie has a sister who is two years older who also witnessed much pain and suffering through the years that God would also use to become a beacon of grace and mercy to others. Laurie couldn’t speak, had limited hearing and vision and spent the last few months of her life in a wheelchair but Laurie was God’s angel sent to teach us how to love. God called Laurie Jo home for a grand reunion in heaven with her mother, Dee and father Ken, who died a tragic death in an industrial accident when Laurie was ten years old. God changed hundreds if not thousands of lives because of the hardships they both overcame by the grace they showed others through the suffering and pain they endured. Today we reflect on the promise of eternal life and the hope and the strength we have to endure pain and suffering because of Jesus. As we watched Laurie take her last breath we remember Paul’s words of the promise we yearn for; “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 5:2-5
God has guaranteed our final resting home in heaven because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for us; “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:7-8
As we watched Laurie slip into eternity there was no fear, no sorrow, no agony as we knew that finally Laurie was free to speak, to see, to run, to hear and to finally play, It was Laurie’s day to be greeted by her parents, who lovingly longed for this day to come when they could greet Laurie whole, in her heavenly body. This is Laurie’s and our ultimate victory to those who have trusted in Jesus! “ So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:54-57