Save a place for me, I’ll be there soon.

Since I started writing this blog over a year ago, on a weekly basis I have enjoyed sharing the ups and downs of life. I have shared the thoughts that were on my heart, and how a simple word from the scriptures can help us through the daily grind we call life.

I have found that no matter what we are dealing with in life, there is always a piece of scripture that God will use to connect with us, to remind us that we are not alone. He reminds us that he chose us, not the other way around. But most importantly, he reminds us that there is no other way to eternal life, but to live through him. And when we are faithful, the rewards are endless.

So today, through the snow and the cold, I need to share something directly from my heart.

This week, we suffered a great loss. A dear friend from our church family, passed away suddenly. When I received the news, I was initially startled. “Could this really be” I thought? Then, surprise became sadness. The sadness I experienced was that empty feeling the you get in the pit of your stomach. You know, the way it feels right before you are about to cry?

As overwhelmed as I was feeling, I was comforted to remember that my friend was a stalwart follower of Jesus. The smile and laugh that she so often showed on Sunday mornings was reflective of her hope found in Jesus!

I recall one Sunday morning, when our worship team and Senior Pastor were away. I was very concerned about how the service would go without these two instrumental parts of our team present. My friend winked at me and said “Hey, it’s gonna be alright”. Then her and her sister proceeded to sing the most beautiful a cappella version of the old gospel songs I had ever heard. It was simply amazing. When I was doubting, God was providing.

Although my heart is hurting, my focus is on Jesus. I can imagine her there now, in the presence of the lord, singing those beautiful worship songs. What a wonderful scene it must be.

The scriptures remind us in the book of John that the Lord has a place set aside for us

John 14:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus, the Way to the Father

14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”

I am thankful for the promises the Lord gives us in the scriptures. Those promises are what we can hold onto in seasons of uncertainty.

Although I am sad, I am rejoicing. I am thankful that that my friend chose to live her life to glorify God.

That is my hope, it’s our hope. That we will be there with them, in the presence of the father.

Till next week,


Don’t be mad if I cry,

It just hurts so bad sometimes.

‘Cause everyday it’s sinking in,

And I have to say goodbye all over again.

You know I bet it feels good to have the weight of this world

Off your shoulders now.

I’m dreaming of the day when I’m finally there with you.

Save a place for me,

Save a place for me,

I’ll be there soon.

I’ll be there soon.

Save a place for me,

Save some grace for me,

I’ll be there soon.

I’ll be there soon.

-Matthew West

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