This will just be a short letter as I am through in Fife to be with my mother in her last hours here on earth. (Since writing this I was with her when she died on Thursday 22nd March) I very much appreciate the loving support that I have been given by both congregations, my ministerial colleagues and others.
I am more appreciative of the Easter message than ever as I wait on the Lord taking her to her home in glory. It is because of Easter that even at a time like this I can still rejoice. She has told me several times over the last 20 years or more that she would like a hymn that we often sing at Easter to be sung at her funeral, Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son. Endless is the victory thou o’er death has won.
She gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ over 80 years ago when she was a wee orphan girl in Dr Graham’s Homes in Kalimpong, India, and she has been a faithful servant ever since. We have had several hymns playing at her bedside over the past few days, Many have been relevant as they speak of the glory that awaits those who have put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. One that I find particularly relevant is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QDnVD7gu5Y
It includes the words:
Boldly I approach your throne.
Blameless now I’m running home.
By your blood I come,
Welcomed as your own,
Into the arms of majesty.
That hymn is based on Hebrews 4:14-16 which gives us the assurance that we can stand blameless before God only because Jesus Christ took our punishment upon himself when he died on Calvary and that when he rose from the dead he took away its power. His invitation to eternal life is open to all. May you know the reality of that truth in your heart this Easter.
Colin A Strong.