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Come Unto Me

Do you ever feel like your life is a terrible nightmare? Do you sometimes wish you could wake up and it would all go away?

When fog of hurting moves in and threatens to shut out all the light in your life, it's time to look to the eternal light far off in the distance. This inviting light offers comfort in times of trouble, peace in the place of pain, and an enduring hope that no darkness can smother. This light is the light of home — your real home — not your earthly home. It's the light of heaven. When life becomes a bad dream, close your eyes and take a little mind trip to heaven — it's a wonderful place to visit.

In the last weeks of Christ's life, when the thick darkness of betrayal and death hovered over Him and his disciples, He comforted his confused followers with thoughts of heaven: "Don't let your hearts be troubled Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms ..."

Can you picture it? The fresh fragrance of new construction fills the place. Excitement and anticipation permeate the air. Each room and every hallway is lit up with the warm glow of the living God. No fear lurks in the darkness, because there is no darkness. And listen. Do you hear the singing? It's the joyful sound of the angel's songs. You can't help but join their chorus.

You approach a doorway where Jesus is standing. With one nail-scarred hand He points to a golden nameplate, and with the other He touches your shoulder. The nameplate bears your name! His gentle voice speaks words of assurance, "Take heart. I have overcome the world and all of its pain. One day you will be with me in this place, and all that you are going through right now will seem as if it's only a bad dream. Until then, feel free to visit here in your heart any time you wish. And by the way, you can invite as many as you can to come with you. There's plenty of room!"

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30.

For His Cause,
Tim
Woodward