Friday, December 9, 2011

Are You Ready?

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has
 prepared for those who love Him." 
1 Corinthians 2:9

It seems during the weeks before Christmas we often here people asking each other, "Are you ready?"  There are so many preparations being made for the holidays.  Shopping, baking, writing out cards or the family newsletter, wrapping the gifts, and the list goes on.  With a sense of intensity, people would ask~ "Are you ready?" 

During Advent ~ while waiting~ the same question can be asked as we prepare for the coming of baby Jesus.  We take time to pause in this busy season and bring our focus back to the birth of our Savior by asking, "Are you ready?"

This past week my mother-in-law died.  At Thanksgiving Joel went to visit her and she told him she felt she would not live very long.  When Joel asked her why, she said she did not know, but felt it was true.  As they sat at his brother's lake home overlooking the woods and water, he asked her, "Mom, are you ready?"  She replied, "Yes, I am ready to go when the good Lord decides it is time."  It was not much longer before she was welcomed home by those who went before her.  This year she will be celebrating Christmas in Heaven!   

I have been pondering Joel's question to her, especially during this time of preparing for the birth of our Savior.  A Savior who came to save the world.  Mom T. knew she would go to Heaven.  She was ready for death because she new about life everlasting.  She was ready.  She was at peace. 

While we shop, wrap, and bake....while we celebrate with special church services, carols and hymns, and advent wreaths and devotions, we prepare our homes and our hearts for Christmas.  Yes, this is a good time to ponder a very important question for today and for our tomorrows.  Are you ready?

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Joan said...


I am sorry for your loss, but know that it is comforting to know that she was ready and is now with the Savior. When my own Mom passed away several years ago, she also made a statement that she felt as if she would live much longer. She too was ready to be with Jesus and I am comforted in knowing that.


Pamela said...

I am so sorry, I know what it is like to lose a mother-in-law. I still miss the wisdom and prayers of mine. It a wonderful thought that we will see them again "in that meeting in the air."

Anita Johnson said...

I am sorry for your loss, but celebrate with you in the joy we will all share when united with our loved ones in Heaven. God's promises are real...yes, I am ready too!

Lisa notes... said...

Oh, I'm sorry about you losing your m-i-l. But what a blessing that she was ready. I've been asked several times this week already if I'm ready for Christmas. Now I'll think of it differently the next time I hear it. Thanks, Renee.

Gayle said...

What an interesting thought...are you ready? It is a comfort that she seemed to realize she was going to pass soon and was ready.

Elaine said...

Very well said Renee. I'm sorry about the loss and am so glad that Joel was there with her for both their sakes.

I'd never thought about that question in this way. Are you ready? I'm ready, but not desiring to leave this place yet. I also will be thinking aobut that question in a whole new way.

Whidbey Woman said...

Such a great analogy, Renee. I pray that God will fill you and your husband with peace, as well as the rest of the family. It must be hard to lose someone so close to the holidays. May we all be ready to meet the newborn babe!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I am sorry for your husband's , your's and your family's loss . I know it is a great comfort to know she was ready and she went to heaven where you will see her again . But for now we grieve our loved ones because we miss them . My prayers are with you all.

Charlotte said...

I think this is the most important each of us should ask ourselves. Thank you for this encouraging post.

Rina Peru said...

That is the ALL-IMPORTANT thing we should all be preparing for - to be READY any time the Lord decides to take us. To have the inner confidence that, yes, we'll be spending eternity with Him.

Your mother-in-law is blessed and it's indeed a reason for the family to rejoice.