1561) Untouchable

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By Max Lucado

     There’s one gift your troubles cannot touch: your eternal destiny.

     I remember when my father had just retired.  He and mom wanted to visit every national park in their travel trailer.  Then came the diagnosis of ALS, a cruel degenerative disease that affects the muscles.  Within months, the world, as he knew it, was gone.

     My wife and I were preparing to do mission work in Brazil.  I offered to change my plans.  But Dad’s reply was immediate and confident.  “Go.  I have no fear of death or eternity, so don’t be concerned about me.  Just go.  Please Him.”  Much was lost: his retirement, years with his children and grandchildren, and years with his wife.  The loss was severe, but it wasn’t complete.  “Dad,” I could have asked him, “what do you have that you cannot lose?”  He still had God’s call on his heart and His eternal promises.

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Luke 10:41-42  —  The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha!  You are worried and troubled over so many things, but just one is needed.  Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her.

John 16:22  —  (Jesus said), “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

I Peter 1:3-6  —  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.  This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

Matthew 6:19-21  —  (Jesus said), “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 7:24-25  —  (Jesus said), “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

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O Lord,
support us all the day long of this troubled life,
until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in thy mercy,
grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest,
and peace at the last.
Amen.

–Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

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