[We] do not want you to be unaware, [son], that [we] planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now). (Romans 1:13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – When I was a young father, time did not seem to be much of a concern. When I left for work my son was there. When I came home, he was there. Often looking out the front window looking for me. At bedtime he was there. Often I carried him to bed as he had fallen asleep on my lap.
But he grew up and moved away. Up to this past year, we were able to see him at least a couple times a year or more. But since COVID-19, we had “been prevented from doing so until now.” We had a marvelous weekend visiting with him.
My Advice – Do not take the time that you have together for granted. Time has a way of slipping away, and when the opportunity arises you may be prevented from doing so. But don’t just plan for the temporal, plan for the eternal. You do not want to be separated from your loved one forever where there will never be an “until now.“
When We All Get To Heaven
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.
While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when trav’ling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.
Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.
Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.
When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
Eliza E. Hewitt