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five minute friday: after

Here we go again with another “Five Minute Friday” post!  To learn more about “Five Minute Friday” (FMF), check out the linked image here.  Basically, each week there’s a word given for you to write about.  You start writing, no back-tracking, editing, etc.  At the end of 5 minutes, you stop.  Then you post it, and share in the community of words that were birthed during these 24-ish hours.  It’s cool stuff.
So here’s this week’s response to the word: “after”.

I’m not 100% sure what comes after this.  Not this blog post in particular, but this day to day life I’m living.  When I was young, I remember “knowing” exactly what would happen if I died.  Of course, I’d get zipped right outta this body, and sucked into heaven where Jesus would check the reservations list – make sure my name is there – then have someone escort me to my mansion down a golden street or two.

But since then, I’ve done a little readin’ & studying, and it seems there’s something so much better in store for us.  A New Heaven, and a New Earth, brought together like never before.  An existence that is physical, and real, and glorious, yet not cartoonish and ethereal.  I know it hasn’t happened yet, and so that means everyone who has passed away already awaits somewhere with Jesus for that final act of God’s completion….because we hear Jesus say to the theif on the cross next door, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”

So how do I talk about all of this with my children?

I suppose it’s not a huge deal at this point.  They’re still struggling with the concept of “tomorrow” being a different thing than “tonight”…and only recently have realized that “tonight” is actually part of “today” still.

For now, I’ll focus on the part that I know.  The one thing I know about what comes after?  We get to be with Jesus.

That might actually be enough, for me. 🙂





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12 thoughts on “five minute friday: after

  1. Hey coming by from the Five Minute Friday link up. I just found this link up this tonight actually, and I just love it. I love what you had to say, and your spin on “after.” I will have to agree, it can get confusing trying to figure it all out now, but it is fun to wonder, ponder, and think about. Jesus will be there, so that will keep me going. 🙂 Can’t wait to see my Jesus!

  2. Dear Wick
    Yes, the streets of gold sounded soooo worldy to me! Just being in Jesus’ humble Presence is more than enough! My oldest son lives surfing and I used to tell him that he would be able to surf from the one planet to the next!!! He loved that. I just know we are going to be surprised to find Love so undefiled!

    1. I think Love is pretty great already….so yeah…definitely looking forward to having it fully revealed. 🙂

  3. Thanks for such a thought- filled post. We struggle sometimes with explaining all of that to our kids, but we try to remind them that whatever God has in store for us is so much better than what we have right now. Looking forward to the moment when it all becomes clear.
    Happy Weekend.

  4. As one that always wants to know each and every detail I have struggled with not knowing what will come after. As I grow closer to Christ I am learning that He alone is enough to satisfy me in the before, present and especially in the after.

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