“And since I am going away to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will welcome you into my Presence, so that you may be where I am.”
~ John 14:3 International Standard Version
Like a string of pearls, luminescent with love, friends of heart and hand and hope… so are these stories of our lives. Encompassed by an invisible thread, strung by Jeweler’s Tender Hand. Times and people placed perfectly to reflect rainbow lights that soften earthly loss, limn heavenly hope… bestowed as one more pearl added in here, there, each time He sends us one to one.
“Encourage her, let them know the embrace goes on,” He whispers to one ear, then another and another. To these, the friends who have shared much of their story in the making, worshiped, celebrated, lived life together. To one, who conceives of a gift of illustration…
And an email invites me to join in a single paragraph to a specific story.
I study photos of a family and their red-shuttered stone cottage in the country. Breathe in the beautiful verse of promise thoughtfully selected by this one for her friend…a version I’d never read…
“Newly widowed, M. is a woman of strong faith,” the emailer shares, picturing her friend for me. “We want to give her a gift… one that will give comfort each time she looks at it, be a memory she can cherish. I know God has a bright future for her, though the way will be hard and lonely for awhile… ” They want her to know she is part of them, she is not alone.
Praying, an image comes to mind… a young couple, standing beside the home they love. Perhaps a bit like Anne Shirley and her Gilbert, arm in arm before their house of dreams with visions of family and love and life they will share there, have shared there…
And as I do, I am thinking and lifting up another couple strong in faith and Heaven’s hope… of times we’ve each loved and lost and seen Heaven’s gate through a sheath of starry tears… of all of us who are held in this very moment, held in His Hand as a pearl of great price.
Studying the nearly finished piece from distance of perspective as I usually do, looking for final touches that need adding… I suddenly find one of those cloud in sky pictures there in the tree above this couple I have drawn. In the area where I was simply trying to mimic some sunlight glints among the leaves, moving my pen here, there, darkening around, leaving a space white where light is. Where it wasn’t meant to look like anything but sunlit leaves — a shape emerges, an image like a symbol of welcome into His Presence. He is ever hovering warmly, lovingly, over us.
I wonder… do you see it too?
Thank you, Father, for how You write us into one another’s story… sometimes even for just an anonymous moment… and for how You allow us to be part of reflecting You in ways beyond our wildest dreams. And for the Glory of Your Holy Spirit Presence ever with us and over us.
© Pam Depoyan
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