Good News

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NIV)

Jesus is Coming Soon

Jesus is Coming Soon

 

This morning I called my mother. She wasn’t feeling well. She thought her heart “acted up” again last night. When that happens, she feels tired and not quite with it the next day. I’m thankful she’s doing as well as she is.

As our conversation continued, I told her my mother-in-law fell over the weekend. She, too, was okay … stiff and sore, but nothing broken … another blessing. Then, I told my mother that one of my former classmates passed away last week suddenly. I was so very sad to hear about it. Mother was as well.

Then she said, “Don’t you have any good news?”

I said, “Yes, Jesus is coming soon.”

“What?”

“Jesus is coming soon.”

“What?”

“Jesus is coming soon.”

“I think I suddenly went completely deaf. I still didn’t catch what you said.”

“Do you have your hearing aides on?”

“Yes.”

“Jesus … is … coming … soon.”

“Who’s coming soon?”

“Jesus.”

“I’m still not getting it.”

“J-e-s-u-s, Jesus.”

Silence.

“Mom, did you hear me?

“No. I’m sorry. I still didn’t understand what you said.”

“It’s okay. Look it up in the Bible.”

“Oh!” She laughed. “I get it now. It’d be great if He came today.”

“Yes. It surely would be.”

Funny how she heard all that bad news without any problem isn’t it? I promise I didn’t talk any louder. She just couldn’t quite comprehend what I said.

Isn’t that how people are though? We hear all the bad news, all the negative comments, and all the meaningless dribble. But when someone mentions the Good News of Jesus Christ, something goes amiss. Our hearing suddenly deafens. Our batteries die. A bird sits on the phone wire. We simply fail to comprehend the significance of the message.

I told Mother Jesus is coming soon, because she wanted some good news. I couldn’t thing of anything better than that.

I shared our conversation with you, because I thought you needed to hear some good news too.

How about you? With whom can you share the Good News today?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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