We are hearing a reference to “The New Normal”, that certainly isn’t normal at all. It feels like trying to hold on to something in your hand, then realize the only thing you have grasped is air. Uncertainty about everything is becoming “normal”. We don’t know what lies ahead, do we?

Last month my youngest brother, David, went to be with Jesus. We knew he was ill, but death was more sudden than anyone could imagine. Knowing that he is now in the presence of the Lord, surrounded by family and friends who preceded him, is certainly a comfort for his family. But, still a painful loss.

David and I had many conversations about Heaven. He was looking forward to reaching the place that would be home forever. He suffered much, and his gaze became focused on the promises of Christ as his human surroundings became unbearable. The promises to those who “trust in, rely on, and adhere to” the Savior of the Soul became reality for my little brother.

Thinking about David and the reality of the life to come for all of us, makes me want my “new normal” to be immersed in the daily presence of the living Lord. I want to be bold and steadfast in serving Christ because He is the only thing that never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the rock and the living fortress that we can depend on until the end of time.

The apostle Paul says in Philippians . “And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ whether I live or die. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

My sweet little brother is now surrounded by the very angels of God in a place that will never change. He is serving our Lord on the permanent side, while I serve our Lord on the temporary side. We will meet again in the shining presence of Jesus Christ, and live together forevermore. What a promise—What a future! The unchanging Kingdom of God will be our permanent Normal.


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