Monday, April 24, 2023

Pausing The Pain


    In the autumn of 1864 Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew wrote to President Lincoln asking him to express condolences to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widow believed to have lost five sons during the Civil War.  

Lincoln could relate because he had lost a son during the war. I'm sure he wrote with a heavy heart as he penned these words, "I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." Nov. 21, 1864 

Life can be filled with unwelcome distractions, like those annoying TV commercials that suddenly, abruptly, increase in volume. It is at times like that when I hunt for the mute button. I confess I'm a hopeless channel surfer. In a day where the average person has hundreds of programs to choose from, my fingers are constantly switching from channel to channel. If I see something I don't like, I just quickly remove it from my view. I don't like to watch or listen to anything that makes me feel too sad or uncomfortable. 

Wouldn't it be great if we had a mute, pause, or change channel button for life. If such a button existed, we could simply avoid some of the pains and uncomfortable situations that suddenly pop up in life. I believe one of the saddest moments in life are connected to this phrase, good-bye! That word pops up in so many heart wrenching events in life.   Can I change channels, please?

Today, I again said the word good-bye with a big lump in my throat. This was our last day visiting with our son, daughter, and grandchildren in Arizona.  With hugs and kisses, we said our goodbyes at the airport. I will not see them again until Christmas. Goodbyes can stink sometimes. 

Where is that pause button?

Life is filled with good-byes: Good-bye to our childhood, Good-bye to our parents, Good-bye to college friends, Good-bye to our children, Good-bye to our health, and ultimately, Good-bye to our lives. As I have stated good-bye is a depressing word.

Praise be to God, there is a day coming when the phrase good-bye will no longer be needed. The Scripture in Revelation 22:4 says when we are in heaven, "He will wipe away all our tears." To me, that means no more good-byes. Every day with Jesus will be an eternal Hello. Hello to God in person. Hello to eternal health. Hello to eternal youth. Hello to eternal relationships. No more good-byes, only everlasting Hello's. 

Heaven is the ultimate Pause Button!


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