But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, – Philippians 3:20 

family-reunionLast Saturday, I had the privilege of attending the Howlett reunion. They are long-time members of Victory. Their father donated the land that the church sits on. There was food, and guns, ATVs, and a host of other activities in which to participate; but most importantly, there were people, most of them family, who loved each other. They hadn’t seen each other in a long time, some of them had never met. It was a joy to see the kinship as family assembled in fellowship around feast and fun.

I thought later that afternoon, “I imagine that this is similar to what Heaven will be.” In Heaven, there will be a feast and fellowship. There are people whom I haven’t seen in a long time, family with whom I look forward to being reunited. Cecil and Bonnie Gray are there. My granddad, Paul Savage, is there. People whom I have known and been separated from by miles and ministry will be there, all congregated in fellowship together. I look forward to that reunion.

But there was one glaring discrepancy between the Howlett reunion and the one we will have in Heaven. Jesus is going to be there. He is going to wipe away the tears of sadness from a life lived in a fallen world. He will take us to Himself and erase the pain of earthly disease. He will banish sin, the cause of all earthly imperfection, and He will say to us, “Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

After the Howlett reunion was over, the tent came down, cars and RVs were packed up and, one by one, driven away until the next time. There is a bittersweet feeling to a family gathering – all the preparation, cooking, and labor to put on such an event, and then, as quickly as it began, it is over. Heaven offers an eternal rest for the children of God. It will never end, and I am going to be a part of that reunion! Are you? You can be – See What The Bible Says About Salvation


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