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The Family Reunion you don't want to miss

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The milder temperatures in the Atlanta metro have no doubt encouraged some families to enjoy the outdoors and bring families together for reunions. We’ve enjoyed our share of family celebrations this summer and are ready to do so, again. Memories of treasured, unexpected moments abundantly fill our hearts.
But then, goodbyes are never easy, but inevitable and necessary. Each individual family unit has their own home, commitments, and never ending daily demands. But we like to say, “We’ll see you later, Lord willing,” instead of “goodbye.”
The truth is, we are not guaranteed another visit or even another breath. Life is short. When my kids were young, we had a rule that they weren’t to leave the house angry, go to bed mad, and each phone call would end with an, “I love you.”
We live in a fallen and uncertain world. It’s been said that the only thing one can count on is death and taxes. Death is certain, but not final. Everyone will at some point die. It’s a fact of life. But not everyone need fear death. The Bible says to the Christian, “To be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord.”
It’s not always easy to get a family together for a family reunion with different obligations, commitments, distance, etc. But there is one family reunion that we don’t want to miss. It is the marriage supper of the Lamb, for it has eternal ramifications.
“And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:19 (KJV)
“And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.” Luke 24:15-24 (KJV)
So while we enjoy times when the family is blessed to get together, I believe it is a shadow of what our great family reunion will be like. With the world in chaos, I do believe the time is drawing nearer.

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