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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2008 08:03:54 -0300
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Straight to the Cross

Today we begin a new column with reflections on the
Lord's Supper. Submissons from faithful brothers are
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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

WE'RE GOING TO HEAVEN!
  by Tony Raburn

While the family and I were in Dallas visiting family,
I took my children to Six Flags. It's an amusement
park, like Elitch Gardens. And I remember the
anticipation my children had just thinking about how
much fun it was going to be. We went and had a great
day at the park. So much so, that we bought season
passes so they could go to Six Flags for free every
time we went to Dallas for the rest of this year.

Seeing their smiles also made me think of the time,
about two years ago, when we took the kids to Disney
World. They were excited while we made plans (and while
I was planning to pay for it). There was even more
anticipation then, and they smiled each time we talked
about it. It was like that commercial where the brother
and the sister are looking out their window trying to
imagine what it was going to be like. They were going
to the "happiest place on Earth"! Their mother came in
and told them they needed to go to sleep and they said,
"We're too excited to sleep!"

As a father, I want to let my kids experience that kind
of joy often. But, truth is, I can't afford to. The
cost of admission to the park is roughly a house
payment. And Colorado it not exactly close to Florida,
so there is the cost of travel. So we don't go very
often. But I love seeing those smiling faces on my
children -- to see all of that joy.

When was the last time you felt like that? It seems
that we know how to experience that kind of joy when we
are young, but we forget to bring it with us as we grow
up. And we spend the rest of our lives looking for it.
We WANT to experience that kind of anticipation and joy
again.

But to get lost in our schoolwork. We get lost in our
jobs. In our finances. In our relationships. Yes, we
even can get lost in church issues. We get lost in our
sickness. We get lost in our grief.

We've come to a point in our service where we are going
to take the Lord's Supper. As a family, when we do
this, we are proclaiming our belief in Jesus Christ. We
are proclaiming that there was a man who came to this
Earth, who lived a sinless life, and who was sacrificed
for our sins. He made that sacrifice so that we can be
with him for all eternity -- all expenses paid.

We're the ones who should be paying. We're the ones who
have done wrong. But he sacrificed himself, so that we
can have eternal life.

Take a look around you. Look to your left, to your
right. Let me see some heads turn. These are your
brothers and sisters. We're all here to do the same
thing. We all believe the same way.

I am your brother, and I have a secret to tell you.
Listen closely, because here it is: we're going to
heaven. Did you hear what I said?

We're Going To Heaven.

WE'RE GOING TO HEAVEN!

If it were appropriate for me to jump up and down while
saying it, I would!

Doesn't that make you feel joy? Doesn't that send
chills up your spine? Doesn't that make you look out
the window and dream of what it is going to be like?
Doesn't that make you smile so big that your mouth
can't even reach that wide?

Brothers and sisters, our Father has GIVEN us an
unlimited pass, with no expiration date, to "the
greatest place - EVER"! And our brother, Jesus Christ,
PAID the way for us to get there.
_______
Tony gave this meditation at the Bear Valley church in
Denver. He recently coordinated a 50-year vision
statement in the congregation. This meditation was
first published in Neal Pollard's Daily Bread
<http://www.bearvalleycofc.org/>
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