My friend, may I ask you a question? No fear? When you and I come near to that final stop, heaven, what will it mean to be without fear? Will our lips whisper perhaps, maybe or, even worse, I don’t know?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Last Friday as I was driving across town to the bank I got behind one of those low-slung "kid-cars" (as I call them). You know, dropped chassis, chrome dual pipes, decals on the windows and a loud stereo system. We both had to stop for a light on Main Street, me behind him. I was close enough to read all of the various decals that he had pasted in his rear window. The one that really struck me, not because it was so different but because I see it so often and have ignored it, was the one that showed the outline of a caricature face and arm with the words: "No Fear!" It was a long light with a crossing guard standing in our way so I had time to contemplate just why that young driver had emblazoned his vehicle with that decal. Was it because his friends had them? Perhaps he wanted me to know that his vehicle owned the road and all others should fear him? Or, maybe, he just stuck it on there because it was cool? Whatever the case, it caught me in thought long enough to relieve the tedium of having to wait for that long, light.
No fear. When this earthly vehicle comes near to that final stop light, heaven, what will it mean to be without fear? Will our lips whisper perhaps, maybe or, even worse, I don’t know?
Here's a story: A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was leaving the room after paying a visit, and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side." Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know." "You don't know? You, a Christian man, don't know what is on the other side?" The doctor was holding the handle of the door, on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Notice that dog? He had never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing: I know my Master is there, and that is enough. And when the door opens, I shall pass through with no fear, but with gladness."(Author Unknown)
Acts, 26:8 states: "Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead;" a good question. When the door to eternal life opens to you as it will to each of us, will you be able to walk through it with "No fear?" Fear of death is natural when that fear is based on an end to life. But, if we focus on the fact that God raises the dead as He has raised Jesus from the grave, we do, in a sense, own the road and have little reason to fear driving on through. The Master IS there, waiting on the other side of this life. Life continues down the road and death is but a momentary traffic stop. No fear! It may make for a bumper sticker that only raises questions. But, as a motto to live by, I can't think of a better one.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Oh Lord, have mercy on us, and in Your wealth of love and compassion for mankind, let heaven be opened to us. We are not worthy of Your love, but trust that You will not abandon us to the grave. May we be counted among those who behold the light of Your face when our time for death has come. You are our life and resurrection, and Your arms will someday receive each us in love, O Jesus. May our lives glorify You, the Father, and Your life-creating Spirit, now and ever unto ages of ages when we too have passed from this earth. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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