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Fredag, 13. august 2021 09:08

She, Mary, was the mother of my friend and IT mentor, Alan, and also of two beautiful married daughters who blessed her with 5 grandchildren.

The disease ALS finally killed that Mary, but for her departure she´d been waiting for several years.  Eventually she lost the fluency of speech, and she fed herself through a stomach tube.  When she was still able to speak, she would gather her children for prayer which was not just a mere ritual, but breathed the intimacy of the Lord.

She once with us expressed her gratitude for living in Denmark after the dramatic escape from her devastated homeland, Sri Lanka, in the past.  Denmark became to her “the land with milk and honey”, she said.  Her homeland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but wars and much bloodshed forced her to get away with her family, and finally they landed in Denmark where they got happily integrated.

I reflected on her commending words about our country as “flowing with milk and honey”.  In a secular sense it is, but spiritually nothing of the kind is flowing.  Godlessness and bold atheism have become our “trade mark” alongside with the height of immoral thinking and practice.

What now happened to her happens to every true child of God  leaving this valley of death being “absent from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8) in an unbroken fellowship with Him and together with those “enrolled in Heaven” (Hebr. 12:23).  She now knows more of the eternity than all the rest of us.

That all happened to her last night, thus reminding us of the shortness of life, the certainty of death and the duration of the eternity.  The crucial question is right now, Are we ready to leave the world as triumphantly as Mary did,  heading for a happy fellowship with Christ in glory?  Are you?  Am I?

I for my own part am ready, not because of any merits or good deeds of my own, but because of the merits of Christ and what He has done for my lost soul.

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