Revelation 21:4-5 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Yesterday was the day that still resonates deeply.

I was 28 years old when I got the dreaded call from my sisters.

I was upbeat because Thanksgiving was coming up and Christmas was around the corner. 

My sisters were crying hysterically on the other line, telling me our matriarch had passed on. My mom had been sick and I knew that it was inevitable but I didn’t think it would come that soon.

All this to say, my faith kept me going. It would be the one foundation which I would set myself on time and time again for the next decade.

You see, at 33 I received a second phone call. I had lost my older brother.  A few years later, I would get yet another phone call that my younger brother had passed on.

One thing that I am sure of,  I cling to the hope of seeing all of them one day. Because my faith tells me that I will. For those of you mourning during this upcoming Christmas  season, I encourage you to remember that a child was to be born in a little town of Bethlehem for the sole purpose of saving us from spiritual death. We call this the second death for those that do not make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

We all have to go through the first death which is when our physical bodies give up their life and allow our spirits to take off. This for Christians is a great time, for it is the time that we truly become alive. 

One day I will be passing from this life and into the next. I know that my mom and brothers will be waiting for me. As imperfect as they were, like all of us, each made a commitment to the little child born King of kings and Lord of lords. The little child in an Inn, placed in a manger, would one day allow us to live eternally with Him. His name is Jesus the Savior of the world.

My faith is in Him and therefore my soul will one day be saying, as Martin Luther King Jr. intimated “free at last, free at last thank God Almighty I’m free at last!”

Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK

That is the day when I will truly start to live and that is the day that many a reunion will take place. The most cherished one will be when I am able to touch my Savior’s hands and side and praise Him for what He has done for me to be safely in His grasp…along with those that I have missed dearly in this life.

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