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A Nudge to Look Up


“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 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. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

On a day when discouragement steals across your life like an afternoon shadow, it’s a good time to stash your smartphone, turn off the TV, open your Bible, and read today’s Scripture. Let the words flow across your soul. Read them out loud. One day, there will be a great shout—the actual voice of a mighty archangel—and the clear call of a trumpet. Then, in a single heartbeat, we will actually be with the Lord—and with all the believers who have gone before us. It will be forever! Paul concludes, “Therefore, encourage one another with these words.” So if your anxieties have been pulling you down or your situation is coloring your world blue, take courage from these truths. And then go out and encourage someone else. Sometimes people have been looking down for so long that they need just a little nudge to look up.

Dear God, I get so excited with the REALITY that You could call me at any moment. One minute, I’m in my wheelchair—and in a single blink I’ll be with You in the air, dancing in the clouds, embracing my dad and mom and so many wonderful friends who have already crossed over. I must wait for that moment, but really, I can’t wait!

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