1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17
16For the LORD himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And so we will be with the LORD forever.
The images of immigrant children separated from their parents at the border has evoked many sentiments. As a parent, it is heartbreaking to watch this story unfold. For these families, a journey into freedom has unfortunately turned into their biggest nightmare.
Tears rolling down the faces of mothers and babies is heart wrenching. Fortunately, this separation may be temporary. News reports indicate that many will soon be reunited with their families. One can only imagine the excitement and eagerness felt by those who are longing to be with their loved ones.
These stories prompted me to think of the life of believers on this earth. We are pilgrims living in our temporary place of residence. While we live on this earth as immigrants, we are bound to endure pain and suffering and shame.
Praise the Lord, that one day we will see our father face to face! We will behold His beauty when we enter the pearly gates of heaven. As the hymn writer says “what a day of rejoicing that will be!” We will walk the streets of gold and live with Him eternally.
This truth should evoke enthusiasm, hope and excitement in our hearts. Until such time, let us remain true and faithful.
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