Another “Lessons Learned Living with Jesus” devotional:

I  just heard another one of my friend’s struggles with cancer.  Struggling with chemo that has not worked.  Struggling with earthly attachments.  Struggling to rest in God’s hands.

I cried. 

She begins her latest thoughts with praise.  You cannot live a long life with God without a sense that the end is better than the beginning.  There is a soft landing when we fall into God’s hands.  The terror is in the fall.  

Constant pain is currently gripping my friend.  Releasing loved ones wrenches the heart. 

For almost four decades I launched my life daily with one whose life was always close to death.  I laughed, cried, walked with, sang with, was thankful for the days I spent with my loved one.  And in her mortal end came a true beginning. 

For heaven’s sake live life on this earth with pure abandon – keep a light touch on the things of this earth – grab hold of that which will not perish.   There is more to come!!

20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. (Philippians 3:20-21)