Eternal Rest

A Poem About The Loss Of Loved Ones

 
When our Father calls His children
     Heaven’s gates swing open wide.
How we stand and long to follow
     when our loved ones go inside.
 
Just a step across the threshold
     and they’re in the other room
where the sun ne’er cast a shadow
     and the flowers always bloom.
 
Where there’s never pain or suffering
     neither sorrow nor distress,
where the Savior calls His children,
     old and young alike, too bless.
 
Though our hearts are torn with sadness
     and our eyes are dimmed with tears,
we can feel our Savior’s presence
     and we know our prayers He hears.
 
So we must not mourn their passing
     for our Father knows what’s best.
He’s just called them home to heaven
     and they’ve found eternal rest.
 
     — Katheryn Brenner Bode
 





Don’t Wait – A Poem About Living Regret Free

And About Honoring People Now, Not At Their Funerals

     
When I am dead, forget me friend,
     For I shall never know
If o’er my cold and lifeless form
     your bitter tears do flow.
That, eloquent with praise, you voice
     the debt you owe the dead,
Or with fine phrases speak of love
     oh, speak them now instead.
 
What saints we are when we lie dead
     but what’s the use to me
of flowers heaped upon my grave
     for other eyes to see?
When living, one sweet word of praise
     by some kind brother said,
Is worth a thousand epitaphs
     so, speak them now instead.
 
— author unknown
 





I Wish You Enough

An Inspirational Short Story

Inspirational encouraging story about enough joy sorrow

Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’ The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.’ They kissed and the daughter left.
 
The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” .”I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,” he said. “When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?’” He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. “When we said, ‘I wish you enough, we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.” Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory…
 
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
 
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
 
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
 
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
 
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
 
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
 
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye.”
 


The essence of the story is also to simply enjoy what you have and be thankful for that. The story tells us to wish people enough. When we wish enough for someone, we pray that they learn to appreciate things for what they are. There are always two sides to the same thing as there are two sides to a coin.
 
If we don’t appreciate one part, how can we appreciate the whole thing? The story teaches us to live in the moment and, laugh and live like there is no tomorrow. We often don’t say what we want to say or we don’t do what we really want to do, thinking there is more life or time.
 
We keep procrastinating and leave everything for the future. One should always remember that our time on this earth is limited and every little thing is precious. We are lucky to have this life in which we can do so many things, make so many memories, and experience so many valuable moments.
 
Taking a lesson from Bob’s story, we should be cautious of what we share with our loved ones and what we wish them. Every moment with people we love is precious, make sure you make the most of it. Time flies and people leave before we even realize so don’t wait for the time when it’s already late. Tell people how much they mean to you or how much you love them. Wish them enough of everything so that they understand the value of things. Sometimes people take things for granted. They don’t realize how lucky they are to have received things that they have.
 
Thus, Bob suggests in his story that you should wish just enough good things for people. He even suggests wishing enough loss so that we appreciate what we have. You should wish enough pain for your loved ones so that they appreciate small joy. It may look like a harsh thing to say to your loved ones but just enough of anything only ensures your loved one values precious things in life.


There are many versions of this story available online. However, the point of each of these versions remains the same and the overall message is the same. The story is about wishing for just enough of everything for ourselves and others so that we would learn to value those things in life. The story is from “Chicken Soup For The Grieving Soul”.





If Tomorrow Never Comes

A Poem About Not Having Any Regrets

 
If I knew it would be the last time
That I’d see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in tighter
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
 
If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.
 
If I knew it would be the last time
I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.
 
If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute or two
to stop and say love you,
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
well I’m sure you’ll have so many more
so I can let just this one slip away.
 
For surely there’s always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything right.
There will always be another day
to say our, “I love you’s,”
 
And certainly there’s another chance
to say our. “Anything I can do’s?”
But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I’d like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.
 
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you’re waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
 
For if tomorrow never comes,
you’ll surely regret the day,
That you didn’t take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.
 
So always hold them dear.
Take time to say I’m sorry, Please forgive
me, Thank you, or It’s okay.
And if tomorrow never comes,
you’ll have no regrets about today.
     — author unknown
 





Calvinism Versus Arminianism Tables And Charts

Showing The Differences Between The Free-Will View of Salvation and the Election/Predestination View

 
The following charts and tables identify and describe the differences between the five points of Calvinism and the five points of Arminianism. Some of the charts also show variations of those views. These differences were first hammered out at the Synod of Dort held in Dordrecht Holland in 1618–1619, by the Dutch Reformed Church, to settle a controversy brought about by the spread of the doctrines of Arminianism, which had been promoted by Jacobus Arminius. — RM Kane
 
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