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Wedding day

It was the moment in the wedding.  The radiant bridesmaids had taken their stroll down the aisle.  The adorable flower girl followed, strewing her petals of red everywhere. 

Then the music stopped.  The attendants stood poised, watching, anticipating the moment the double doors would open and the bride would appear. 

Then the music sounded, the audience rose, the doors opened, and there she was!  Tears were streaming down her face, but there was no sadness here – not on this day.  This was her day!  All of the planning, praying, waiting, and longing were finished.  All of that was over.  Hope was blooming into history in front of her eyes.   

And was it worth it?  Was it worth keeping herself pure?  Was it worth denying herself?  Was it worth waiting?  Oh, how it was worth it!  All of her doubts, dreams, and struggles were being answered in this single moment and her joy was overwhelming.

Paul spoke of “the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed,” (2 Thessalonians 1:8).  Our day is coming!  On the day we see Him we’ll say goodbye to the curse (Genesis 3).  Death, disease, and disability will melt away like the Wicked Witch of the West.   Oncology clinics, pediatric wards, and mortuaries will close down due to a complete lack of “customers.”  Hunger, poverty, and injustice will become yesterday’s news.  

It will all happen because of Him.

Glorify Him?  Marvel at Him?  How could we not?

The thought of this moment, when Christ transforms our hope into our history, this is what can feed our souls and nurture our spirits in all our struggles. 

Meanwhile, there’s lots to do.  We have lives to live, jobs to work, children to raise, responsibilities to meet, people to love, serve, and teach.  But just the same, a glorious day is coming.  It would be a real shame to forget that.

It  would be an absolute tragedy to live as if it wasn’t coming.

Don’t be afraid to long for His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). 

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:11-13).

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