Finally Home

Finally Home

Lola Frances Woolverton was a lady who you would not find standing up in front of church. She was a servant. She loved serving her family and church members behind the scenes. She loved being a part of the children’s ministries in her church and helping to serve the Friday night dinners to the needy of her town. In 1999 it was discovered through a series of events that she had colon cancer. They performed surgery to try to remove it, but it was too late. The cancer had already perforated the colon and was spreading. On November sixth of this year she celebrated her 20th year in heaven. Although her family and friends miss her dearly and think of her often, we can find peace and hope in the knowledge she is with her Savior. I know Lola Woolverton was a believer as she was my grandmother. She was a special lady who loved her Lord.

The church at Thessalonica were apparently having discussions about this topic. At least Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit was lead to write about heaven, the coming of the Lord, and the dead in Christ. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

What a hope we have in Christ. Those who “believe that Jesus died and rose again… will God bring with him.” (14) Death is not a “The End” for the believer, it is only a “Once upon a time”. It’s not a conclusion, but rather an introduction to an eternity of spending time with our Lord. Oh how wonderful death can be. A well-known gospel song says it well.

When alarmed by the fury of the restless sea,
Towering waves before you roll,
At the end of doubt and peril is eternity,
Though fear and conflict seize your soul
Just think of stepping on shore, and finding it heaven
Of touching a hand, and finding it God’s
Of breathing new air, and finding it celestial
Of waking up in Glory, and finding it “Home”

When surrounded by the blackness of the darkest night,
Oh how lonely death can be,
At the end this long tunnel is a shinning light,
For death is swallowed-up in Victory, (Victory!)
Just think of stepping on shore, and finding it heaven
Of touching a hand, and finding it God’s
Of breathing new air, and finding it celestial
Of waking up in Glory, and finding it “Home”
Finally Home!

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