Sunday, June 6, 2010

Do You Have a Passport?

Even though Mum Mum was getting older (almost 84) and more and more frail, her death still came as a shock to us.  We just didn't expect her to go when she did.  I don't think we can ever fully prepare ourselves for the deaths of our loved ones.  It always seems to come when we least expect it. 

We just hope she was ready.  She was really private about such matters, and only the Lord knows her heart.

As Alan was sorting through some of her papers, I happened to notice her passport.  Last fall, she was planning to go with Alan to Montreal. She ended up getting sick, and the trip was cancelled. Obviously, one would never consider taking a trip to another country without first obtaining a passport. In like manner, I hope Mum Mum obtained her "passport" before leaving this life and departing for the distant shore.

We are all on a journey through life.  Each of our journeys has an end. ("It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." -- Hebrews 9:27)  When our time on earth ends, we must have a "passport" in order to enter into the peace and rest that God has prepared for us in His Kingdom.  Saving faith in Jesus Christ is the only valid passport

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."  (John 14:6)

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. " (Acts 4:12)

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  (Matthew 7:13-14)

Unfortunately, all roads don't lead to heaven.  I pray that each one who reads this post will take a moment to be sure that you have entered in at the strait gate and are walking on the narrow path that leads to everlasting life.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

" . . . Give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall." -- 2 Peter 1:10


Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Amen! Excellent post...and love the last photo with the two paths. Beautifully written. Praying for all of you!

Donna G. said...

Beautiful post--the photos and the message.

Samantha said...

I felt the same way when my grandmother passed. She was also very private, and I don't know if she was ever baptized or not,I pray she was.

Rebecca's Refining said...

Excellent post! Love the pics too!
What a great way to use this difficult time in your life to spread the Gospel message. It is so difficult when we are trying to "decide" for ourselves if a loved one (or anyone) is saved....a great reminder too that I need to make sure it is obvious to those around me where (and to whom) my heart belongs!

Noel said...

Wonderful post! Praying for you family.

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