Approaching Death with Joyful Hope

grandma devotionMy wife’s grandmother turned 106 on April 3rd. A fall has resulted in a broken hip and her health is declining rapidly. She will be with Jesus sometime soon. Can we have a joyful hope as we are approaching death?

Romans 8:30 gives us the promise that the One who called and justified us will also glorify us. Paul reminds us that to “be absent from the body is to be present, to be home with the Lord. (2 Cor. 5:8) His promise is sure and will not fail.  A couple of days ago Kitty Yancey​, my wife’s cousin, read the following devotion to Grandma. I thought it was so lovely and poignant that I wanted to share it will all of you.   We have such a great hope! Be encouraged.

We know that when Christ comes, we will be like him, because we will
see him as he really is. 1 John 3:2

When you arrive in heaven something wonderful will happen. A final transformation will occur. You will be just like Jesus….

Of all the blessings of heaven, one of the greatest will be you! You will be God’s magnum opus, his work of art. The angels will gasp. God’s work will be completed. At last, you will have a heart like his.

You will love with a perfect love.
You will worship with a radiant face.
You’ll hear each word God speaks.
Your heart will be pure, your words will be like jewels,
your thoughts will be like treasures.
You will be just like Jesus.
You will, at long last, have a heart like his.
Just Like Jesus

-Max Lucado