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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…set free…[from] the fear of dying.’ Hebrews 2:15 NLT
Joe Bayly, who lost three sons, says, ‘At the hospital [after] we buried our five-year-old…I saw a little boy playing on the floor. ?He has the same problem your son had,? the secretary said. I sat down next to his mother. ?It’s hard bringing him here for tests, isn’t it?? I said. ?Hard! I die every time,? her voice trailed off. ?It’s good to know,? I spoke slowly, choosing my words carefully, ?that although the medical outlook is hopeless, after our children die they’ll be removed from suffering and be well and happy.? She replied, ?If only I could believe that, but I don’t. I’ll just have to cover him up with dirt and forget I ever had him.?’ Bayly wanted to be alone with his grief, but he felt compelled to speak. ‘I’m glad I don’t feel that way. We covered our little boy with dirt yesterday, and I’m here today to thank the doctor for his kindness.’ She replied, ‘You look like a rational person. How can you possibly believe the death of a man or a little boy is any different from the death of an animal?’ Max Lucado writes, ‘Heaven enjoys a maternity-ward reaction… angels watch, the way grandparents monitor delivery-room doors… They can’t wait to see the new arrival. While we’re driving hearses…they’re hanging streamers… Jesus came to ‘free all…who…lived…as slaves to the fear of dying.’ (Hebrews 2:15 NLT) Heaven knows no untimely death. David said, ?Before I was born, every day of my life was recorded in Your book…? (Psalm 139:16 NLT) Fear and dread end when you know that Heaven is your true home.’

SoulFood: 1 Sam 24-26, Luke 24:36-44, Ps 51, Pr 22:12-16

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