She Won!

A Major Thing has happened in our family. The Lord just released my mother-in-law, Lena Yoder, from her long battle with cancer. She's done with this life. The struggle is over. She won! Praise the Lord for victory in Jesus! Bless God for hope and life beyond this life and its graves!

The death of a believer serves to remind us of some very interesting truths. I called my mother-in-law "Lena." Until we know better, we shall need to use that name for her. But in Glory she has a new name! "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it" (Revelation 2:17). I wonder what name Lena goes by in Heaven!

On September 3, Lena would have completed her 77th year on planet Earth. A long time; many years. At the time I write this, close to 48 hours have passed since she died. But time--seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, millennia--no longer has any significance to my mother-in-law. As I meditate on eternity again, my mind staggers before the realization that Lena lives in unending day, unaware and uninfluenced by ticking clocks and orbiting celestial bodies. The only light source in her life now is the Living Light. "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 21:23; 22:5).

"Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary" (Psalm 96:6). Lena is at this moment revelling in this. Amazing! Praise the Lord!

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