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The older I get, the faster the years seem to go. There never seems to be enough time in the day because time goes so quickly. It seems like yesterday that my children were precious toddlers. Now they are grown men. How quickly the decades of my life have passed.

But occasionally, we mark our lives not by what we’re losing, but by what we’re gaining. When we plan a wedding, we don’t anticipate the “end” of being single; we anticipate the beginning of a marriage. When a woman finds out she’s pregnant, she doesn’t count down the days until she’s not pregnant anymore; she anticipates the birth of that baby. We don’t see that we’re “losing” time for being single or pregnant; we look forward to a time that is coming.

That is how God sees time.

Jer 31:31  “The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”

Gal 4:4  But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law.

John 5:25  I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.

Perspective matters. When our focus is on this life, we can become burdened by all that isn’t done and isn’t right. But this life is not the whole story.

The time is coming when this life is understood as it really is…preparation for what is to come. The time is coming when you will you will see the face of Jesus and enter heaven. The time is coming when there will be no more sorrow, when God will wipe away your tears. There will be no more evil, no more suffering, no more fear. You are not losing your life on earth; you are closer to eternity. Spend the time you have preparing for the time that is to come. Eagerly anticipate all that Jesus has prepared for you.

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Today would have been my Daddy’s 81st birthday.  The “sweet” of knowing him and being his daughter is worth every bit of the “bitter” of losing him long before I was ready to let him go.  He’s been gone almost 10 years.  In some ways it seems like no time has passed, yet other times, it seems like forever ago.  Maybe that’s just a glimpse of what David (Ps 90:4) and Peter  (II Pet 3:8) meant when they said  to God a thousand years seem like a day. 

Our family has learned to live around the hole his passing left.  We have continued with old traditions and made some new ones.  We have a new seating arrangement at the dinner table, and keep old pictures out to help us remember.  We have new stories, but still find joy in repeating the old ones. 

Rev 21:4 promises that when all of us get to heaven at last, we will never again have to live around the holes that grief and pain have left in our lives.  “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  The new order will be better than we can ask or imagine.  And we will all be able to share it together.