“I Believe In The Eternal Nature Of Families!


I was waxing nostalgic the other day as memories of my deceased mother came to my mind, and I remember back to the day when my phone rang telling me of her passing.  You really can’t describe the feeling when such a call comes.  It’s the emptiest of all phone calls you will ever receive.  I knew then that I was only another phone call away from becoming an orphan as defined by the world. That call came many years later when my sister informed me that my father had suddenly passed away at the age of ninety-three.

I think that most of us recognize the supreme and godly nature of the relationship of a parent with a child. And while a husband and wife can develop an excellent and blissful union, there is something quite uniquely divine about the relationship of a parent and a child. It cannot be explained in words, but it can clearly be seen in the daily interaction between the two.

The other day I was following behind one of my adult children who was driving their car, and as I reflected on their life and some success they were having, I felt tears well in my eyes. I felt so happy for them that the emotion of love I was feeling was overwhelming. Who can deny that such feelings come from God!

To be orphaned is to lose a love that cannot be recovered or replaced.  My wife, like I, is aging. When she lost  both of her parents a few years ago, a void was left. She suffers. Occasionally she will say, “I just want to go home to visit my Mom and Dad!” Without hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ,  she would never be able to fill that void. I don’t believe and will not accept that I nor she,  will forever remain an orphan.  I don’t believe in eternal orphans!

I believe that families can be eternal and that the love bond between people is not buried in the grave. I don’t believe that demonstrations of love end with wilted flowers piled on the gravestones of mankind. I believe that through and by Christ, mankind can and will be saved from the emptiness of phone calls informing us of our parent’s death.  John wrote: “…believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

I believe in the eternal nature of families!

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