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Read:   Psalm 23

Six weeks ago, in the early stages of this W.I.S.H. post series on John Wesley, I recounted John Wesley’s last words before he died, “Best of all, God is with us”.   Faith is what helps us to face every life age and stage with a measure of assurance.  We can have assurance of our salvation.  We can rely on the promise that God’s love is steadfast and everlasting.  We can know “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding”, as we encounter adversity or even as we face our own mortality.

On February 21, 2018 longtime American spiritual leader Billy Graham died.  At the time there was much recounting of his impact on American spirituality, including a number of great quotes.
I was struck by this quote by Billy Graham,   “Our last breath on earth is our first breath in Heaven.” What a wonderful quote and what a great realization.  It reminds me of another John Wesley quote about our spiritual pilgrimage.  I find this quote rather fascinating, and it makes me wonder what Wesley meant by it:

“I am a spirit from God, returning to God.” – John Wesley

Have you ever thought of it that way?  That we have come from God, and are returning to God?  Christians generally think of themselves as going to God, but what about the other aspect?  What does it mean to be a spirit from God?  Does it change the way you have thought of yourself and your origin?  What insights, questions, or pondering does this quote invoke in you?

When King David wrote Psalm 23 he had a sense that the Lord was not only leading him in life and through life.  David also knew that the Lord would lead him through death, or “The shadow of death”, with the destination being “the house of the Lord, forever”.  Once again, that’s the confidence we can have through faith.  God holds our life:  past, present, and future in God’s hands, and in Divine grace.  Thanks be to God.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom