"When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciples whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home." - John 19:25, 26

Her body died on July 6, 2002. My mother, JoAnn Crossman, was gone. Our shared memories now are only mine. Prolonged illness, painful suffering and an early death at 62 were a part of her worldly package.

Cancer is so limited. It took her life, but it could not take away her credentials as a loving wife and mother, compassionate nurse to her three children and husband, dear sister and special friend. It couldn't take away her dignity, the respect she earned from her colleagues, or the love of her family and friends.

Death, too, is limited. It cannot stop love, or memories. It cannot take away the eternal life God offers to each of us who believe in the birth, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. It can't take away the eternal life that my mother and I will share again, spent together eternally with our Lord.

Some of us have been busy hesitating. We haven't made the very important decision about where we would like to spend our eternal life. And, some of us have been, in effect, making that decision for others, simply because we haven't told them about Jesus.

The time is short.

Where will you spend eternity?

Heavenly Father, I ask that You give me a greater understanding of the victory You won for me through the cross. Help me to no longer hesitate. Help me to make my decision to be with You, eternally. Amen.
Nov 10 2017