“And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God.”
A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was leaving the room after paying a visit, and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”
Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know?!? You’re a Christian man, Doc. Yet, you don’t know what’s on the other side?”
The doctor was holding the handle of the door, on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing, except that his master was here, and when the door opened he sprang in, without fear. Now, I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing: I know that God is there, and that is enough. And when the door opens, I shall pass through with no fear, and with exceeding gladness.” AMEN!
Positive Christianity receives many requests to pray for those who are bereaved. We, lovingly, place those who have need of comfort in the hands of God. We, lovingly, pray for their peace of mind and heart. We pray that they may feel and know that God is with them as a very present help.
Positive Christianity always stresses life. We believe that life is eternal and that we are forever one with God’s life and love. The warmth and wonderful relationship we have, have had, and will have, are all part of God’s eternal life and love.
As we who read today’s Daily Inspiration message, pour out our blessing upon all who need to be comforted and sustained, we send our prayers out to all who need to be strengthened in their faith in God’s eternal life and love. There is a great energy that is released through united prayer. Our prayers will be that hearts will be lifted and a blessing will be felt.
Someone, somewhere, will be comforted because of our loving prayers. As it says in Exodus 33:14, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
You are never alone. God is always with you. This is the Divine assurance. You are never beyond the point of God’s ever-reachable help and comfort. You feel God’s presence as you go about the activities of this day. You feel God’s presence as you work. You feel God’s presence as you shop. You feel God’s presence as you meet with friends. You feel God’s presence as you do the things that need your special touch. You feel God’s presence coming through you with your particular talent.
God is with you. What a difference that makes!
God is always with you! How thankful you are that God is always with you and that you are never alone. God is always with you and therefore, you are never unsupported. God is always with you and therefore, you are never without help. God is always with you and therefore, you are never without encouragement.
God is with you every day of your eternal life and with those that we love. We are all, always, in God’s presence. This knowledge sustains and strengthens us and frees us from bereavement and fear.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Buddhist Monk) in his book: “No Death, No Fear.” There are two excerpts that I really appreciate …
“If you were to love a cloud … you would know that the cloud is impermanent. [But] if you forget about impermanence and are attached to the cloud when the time comes for the cloud to be transformed into rain you will cry, ‘Oh dear, my cloud is no longer there’ … The rain is smiling, singing, falling down, full of life, full of beauty. Yet because of your forgetfulness … you are caught in grief … Meanwhile the rain is calling you, ‘Darling, darling, I am here, recognize me!'”
“Go to the foot of a tree and make a list of all the things that can make you happy right now: the clouds in the sky, the flower in the garden … The list is endless. You have enough already to be happy now. You have enough to be free from coming and going, up and down, birth and death.”
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:
Dear God, please give me the spiritual insight to know that there is life beyond this one, and give me the peace that follows the realization.
POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION: I never stop living!
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: “Never despair, keep pushing on!”
Sir Thomas Lipton
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