The Lord Is Near

Waiting for your room to be ready.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
John 14:1-2

Your room isn’t ready yet. When it is, then Jesus will come back for you and take you home.

On a Saturday afternoon, Tom’s room was ready and he went home. He was ready. He had been ready since November of 1963 when he was made a child of God through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

On the day Tom was baptized the Lord came near Tom. He fulfilled the desire of Tom by forgiving his sin and giving him new life. An abundant life filled with gracious blessings from God – a wonderful wife, faithful children, the joy of grandchildren.

In John 14:6 Jesus says that he is “the way, the truth, and the life.” Tom, like most Christians, was always seeking the truth of Jesus Christ, the sure and certain hope of salvation found in no one else.

Tom knew that, and from early on in his life. But he still felt the desire and need to read God’s Word and worship regularly. Worship wasn’t just coming to a familiar place to sing familiar songs. Tom knew it was a place where the Lord comes near in Word and Sacrament. Each worship service Tom and his wife, Janet, were strengthened in their faith as the Lord came near.

Tom responded to the nearness of the Lord by being the Lord’s hands. He served with other members of his congregation when they traveled down to New Orleans to help clean up after hurricane Katrina.

Tom wanted to respond to the nearness of the Lord by serving his country, but an accident when he was a child left him without enough toes on his feet to serve in the military. But Tom inspired members of his family to serve, in the United States Navy!

The nearness of the Lord to Tom resulted in Tom never really ever having a bad thing to say about anybody and never really complaining about pain or discomfort. He simply did what he had to do to serve other people.

Tom never turned anyone down if they asked for help. Now that he’s at his eternal rest, we must turn to Tom’s inspiration for that willingness to help.

God is here and will help us because God is near to us as well!

We gather together in worship to have the comfort of God. A comfort that He promises and that comes from Him through each other. We hear familiar words. We sing familiar hymns. We see familiar faces. But I’m not just describing church. I’m describing heaven and all its glory, when we will see Christ face to face.

As we close our eyes at the end of our lives, we will open them to see Jesus’ face. Because Jesus saved us from sin, death, and the power of the devil, we will hear the words Tom heard, “Well done, good and faithful servant; … enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:23).

It will be for Jesus’ sake. Amen.


Heavenly Father, thank you for being near and for saving me. Give me patience to await the day that my room in heaven is ready; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

© 2017 True Men Ministries

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