I called my friend Nikki anticipating her lively voice and was shaken to hear sobbing. “Debbie, we just found out our son died.”
I’d called in response to an earlier text. That was not why she’d texted me. But God had timed my call perfectly. Even though I couldn’t take away my friend’s pain, I could share in those initial moments of shock and grief.
Nikki felt the need to contact Justin’s birth mother. The woman was devastated. She’d never be able to meet her son on earth. She wanted to fly across the country for the service. With Nikki’s permission I share what she wrote about their meeting.
“For the first time ever, we met on Thursday. Both of us felt extreme emotions about this meeting, but together we walked and together our hearts connected in ways only God could have worked. We saw each other, our hug was 33 years long, our embrace was extreme in love, joy and compassion for each other. This Holy moment that God ordained since the beginning of time, was fragrant and beautiful, pure and Holy. Nothing could ever surpass the delight that came from our hearts in those first moments.”
Justin’s memorial service was Saturday. Nikki shared how 33 years ago, after her hysterectomy, God completed their family with Justin— “just in time.”
Pastor Chuck recalled funny and poignant stories of Justin’s escapades. Then he shared the hope those who know Jesus have of heaven. He invited all who didn’t know Jesus to receive Him as their Lord and Savior. At the closing he asked those who’d invited Jesus into their hearts to stand.
“I’ll count to three,” he smiled. “One, two, three.”
One person stood—Justin’s birth mother.
Texts to Nikki and her husband reveal two internet attenders also stood and gave their lives to Jesus—including a ninety-year-old cherished friend!
So much in our world is broken. Untimely death, pain, and loss have marked 2020 for many. We need to remember, this is not our home. And as Pastor Chuck proclaimed after he’d recovered his composure, “If it ain’t good, it ain’t over.”“If it ain’t good, it ain’t over.” ~ Pastor Chuck Thompson #hope, #grief Click To Tweet
Because of Justin's untimely #death, the woman who’d chosen life for the son she could not keep will enjoy him for eternity. #EternalLife Click To Tweet
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephes. 3:20-21 NIV).
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