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I was away last week to attend the United Methodist Annual Conference for Western North Carolina, and I think I got a little taste of heaven!
The conference was held at Lake Junaluska, NC. You can Google it, but keep in mind that photos can’t totally capture its idyllic beauty. This place was picturesque. It had a special peacefulness to it, too. Thousands of people were there and it was a hub-bub of activity, yet there a sense of tranquility and calm.
Speaking of people, everyone was nice! I’ve never been part of such a large crowd where everyone was nice, polite and considerate of others. I didn’t encounter one rude person!
The days began and ended with worship. I had breakfast every morning on the front porch, watching the sun chase the morning mist from the lake while an outdoor worship service was held lakeside on the chapel lawn. From where I sat I could watch the service, listen to the music, and hear the people’s voices as they shared in prayers and recitations.
When we weren’t in worship, we convened to address church business and hear the speaker as he encouraged us to be faithful and promote God’s Kingdom. There was time to rest, and time to ‘play’. I used my time to take walks around the lake. People attending the conference mingled together and shared in fellowship. I made new friends and enjoyed time with pastors and friends from my home church (Weddington United Methodist Church).
At the end of each day, I fell asleep thinking about the many things I’d seen and heard that day.
From what the Bible describes, that’s how I imagine heaven will be! It will be a place so beautiful that it won’t seem real. The presiding presence of God will radiate, chasing away the mist and fog of former things. Although there will be much activity of praising, worship, and doing the Lord’s work, there will be an overall feeling of peace and tranquility; and the people who are gathered will be gathered in love and kindness, one to another.
It will be a wonderful place. You’ll be there with me, won’t you?
If you haven’t given your heart to Christ, I encourage you to do so. If you’d like to know more, you can contact me (ReneeMyers@carolina.rr.com ) or contact 1-800-NEED-HIM (1-800-6333-446). Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins so that we could be forgiven. He lived again so that we could have new life in Him. He did not come to condemn us for our sins, but to save us from them. (John 3:17)
Oh, Father God, I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend the Annual Conference and gather with others for the purpose of furthering your Kingdom here on earth. Thank you for giving us such a beautiful place to gather! As beautiful as it was, I know it pales in comparison to the heaven you have created for all who claim Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. Thank you for sacrificing your only Son so that we could be forgiven and set free from our sins and mistakes, and for raising Him from the dead so that we can also be raised in the newness of Christ, and for the assurance of knowing that in Christ, we can also overcome the power of death and spend eternity with you in Heaven. All praise, glory and honor to You! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
As our children grow up and move on to new stages of life, pursue new ventures, become more independent, and have their own experiences away from us (those who love and care about them), isn’t it reassuring to know that the Lord’s everlasting love and righteousness is with them? It is promised in the verse above.
For all who fear Him, keep his covenant, and strive to live in obedience to Him, His love and righteousness will be with their children and their children’s children – in other words, from generation to generation. Wow. Is that not incentive to live faithfully with the Lord? Even if not for one’s own blessings, but for the rewards and benefits it brings for our children and the generations that will follow. What greater gift could we give, or legacy could we pass on? This is not to say that our faith is passed on to them, for each must choose the Lord for him/herself, but we are promised that the Lord’s love and righteousnes will be with them.
Father God, I thank You and praise You, that You are with my children even when I am not. That as they grow up and move on in their lives – whether as small children growing from one stage to the next, or older children moving on in their lives, YOU are there. I thank You and praise You that Your love and faithfulness are everlasting, from generation to generation, for those who fear you, live in obedience to you, and seek to follow in Your ways. How wonderful that you reward us for our faith by tending to our children, and generations to follow. What greater blessing could we seek? Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.