A Book of Devotional Stories
Originally published under the title “In My Father’s Footsteps Volume 1” this book of devotions is made up of stories from everyday life that tells the timeless truth of God’s love for all people in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ.
I began writing devotions – using stories – in 1998 (or so) – and started compiling them in paperback book and e-reader form in 2016.
To date there are five volumes in this book series. Below is one of my favorites from volume 1.
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
It’s quiet. Yet it isn’t. Not really. It’s a warm evening at the end a warm day. The crickets are chirping loudly. In the far away distance – one could almost imagine over the horizon – a train whistle blows. It is the great American Midwest in early September.
“You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world?” George Bailey asked his Uncle Billy excitedly. “Breakfast is served, lunch is served, Dinner is served” replied Uncle Billy, popping another peanut into his mouth. “No, no. Anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles” said George looking longingly off into the distance, into his future.
Today another sound was heard across America. A bell tolled five times in quick succession. It is the fire departments signal that a fireman has fallen in the line of duty. On one day in 2001 hundreds of fireman, policemen, and other rescue personnel lost their lives, along with over three thousand civilians and service men in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The tolling of a bell marked the remembrance.
Sounds Can Be Powerful Memory Triggers
Funny how sounds trigger memories and thoughts in a person. Common sounds like crickets on a warm late-summer evening remind me of my days as a young boy in the Midwest. Bells tolling on Sunday morning remind of the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the calling to worship of the faithful.
Or the soft melody of Taps played by a lone bugler remind of those who gave their lives so that others may live free.
Sounds call us. They call to us. One day, a trumpet will sound loudly and we all will be called to Judgment Day. We don’t know when that day will be, but it is coming.
George Bailey always was yearning for the day he would not only listen for “anchor chains, plane motors” or “train whistles” but for the day he would actually be a part of the adventure. For many years, he was missing the real life that was right under his nose because he was looking for a far off day (that never did come).
Judgment Day Needn’t Be Feared
Too many people today treat Judgment Day in the exact opposite way. They give no thought to what the Lord Jesus is calling them to. Even Christians fall into this trap. Allow me to be blunt here. You never know when a plane is going to slam into your building and the call to Judgment Day is here. I don’t mean to be flippant nor am I using a terrible tragedy to make a flippant point.
We have to face the reality that eternity is forever and what we do or don’t do now makes a difference in how we spend eternity. Jesus Christ bled and died to give you an eternity without pain, sorrow, tears, hunger or death. He calls to you through his Word. He calls you to a relationship with him. Don’t throw away your eternity because you are looking for something else or think you’re too busy to worry about Jesus today.
Remember, heaven will be a place of “no mores.” No more pain, or sorrow, or tears, or death.
And no more regrets.
Hell will be the exact opposite. Pain, sorrow, tears, eternal death.
And regrets. Oh, the regrets. “If only….”
Jesus Christ is calling you to a life of no more “if onlys.” He’s calling. Do you hear him?