Pastor Perspective

Pastor Paul Mattson

October 2018

. . in Pastor’s Perspective:

Coincidence or Grace Moment? 

It happened again. God has a way of doing this. 

In my daily quiet time, I came upon a helpful word and perspective from God. I tucked it in my memory cap, not knowing how God was going to use it. 

It came from “Grace for the Moment” daily devotional by Max Lucado, and is titled “The Departure Date.” 

Here it is: 

Your life is like a mist. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away (James 4:14) 

You, as all of God’s children, live one final breath from your own funeral. 

Which from God’s perspective, is nothing to grieve. He responds to these grave facts with this great news: “The day you die is better than the day you are born.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1) 

Now there is a twist! 

Heaven enjoys a maternity-ward reaction to funerals. Angels watch body burials the same way grandparents monitor delivery-room doors. “He’ll be coming through any minute!” They can’t wait to see the new arrival. While we’re driving hearses and wearing black, they are hanging blue and pink streamers and passing out cigars. We don’t grieve when babies enter the world. The hosts of heaven don’t weep when we leave it. (excerpt from book “Come Thirsty”) 

Last week I learned that my 91 year-old godmother was placed on hospice care. I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to meet with her and have lunch together in August while she was still up and able. We talked on the phone the other day, and I shared with her the above illustration. Her reaction: “What a wonderful (and peaceful) thought!” And in recent days, God has provided other opportunities for me to share this with others, and each time, a similar reaction. 

Funny how God has a way for doing this—providing a word or perspective that brings healing, help, and hope. 

It’s amazing how God’s perspective, can change this pastor’s (and other’s) perspective. 

Another Godly “glimpse of grace!” 

Pastor Paul