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Keep Looking To The Future

By Don Loftis | 04.15.15

Some will remember the comedy team of Gracie Allen and George Burns.  Besides being very successful professionally, they shared a deep love with each other during a lengthy marriage.  Gracie died 32 years before George, who lived to be 100.  Through those years, he kept a love note that she had written him which said in part, “Never place a period where God has placed a comma.”

Sometimes we mistakenly think that things have come to an end.  Maybe, like George Burns, we have lost some special member in our family.  Possibly we have failed or sinned in such a way that the future seems hopeless.  Even retirement from our job can seem like a final chapter to our lives.  However, all of these events are merely commas — just breaks or pauses.

When Jesus died, His followers must have thought the whole dream was over.  Did Joseph or Nicodemus have any real expectation of Pentecost, as they laid Jesus’ lifeless body in the new tomb?  The tears of the women spoke to the end of a dream.  However, the resurrection changed all of those things.  What seemed like an end became a powerful new beginning, because Jesus’ death was a comma, not a period.

Whatever obstacles are faced in our lives, they are only commas. Hope and victory are the key words of Christianity.  We must never forget that the darkness of Golgotha was replaced by the sunrise of Sunday morning.  The persecuted church in Philadelphia was reassured with Jesus’ own words, “I know your deeds.  Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut” (Rev. 2:8).


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