This morning, as I dusted my furniture, I picked up the United States flag that I was given in memory of my father. Although, it has been 13 years since he passed away, I realized how much I missed our father and daughter conversations. My father was a natural comedian with stories that made me wonder if all of the details were factual. As the tears flowed, I was reminded of the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
For those of us who remain we have the responsibility of serving God by aligning our thoughts, our actions, and our lives with the Word of God. I long to see my father again; however, I must prepare myself spiritually if that is to occur. I must become desperate for a deeper and closer relationship with Jesus Christ. There is nothing in this present life that I am willing to hold on to, that would cause me to miss my opportunity for eternal life, and to be reunited with my father.
Dear God, please give me the desire to study your Word. Thank you for comforting me today, by bringing to my remembrance your precious promise of the family reunion when you come again.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz