Friday, September 8, 2023

God, Rich in Mercy


” But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6 (NKJV)

God has made us alive because of Christ. He rescued us from the sins of our trespassed and will give us a place in heaven when our time here on earth is over.

God showers us with mercy, His great love, and His grace.

When Jesus returns to earth, God will bodily raise those who have lived for Him, giving them each a resurrected body that will be reunited with their spirits.

Our son was born with a birth defect that caused him not to run “like the other boys.”

One evening when he was in either kindergarten or first grade, he asked me, “Mom, when will I be able to run like the other boys?”

I thought for a second and answered him, “When Jesus comes again.” I believed it then and I still believe it all these many years later.


Several years ago, we started attending a different church. There we met a man who, several years before, had been in an accident on his motor scooter. This was his second accident that summer. He was a quadriplegic. At the time we met him, he lived with his mother who, with help, took care of him.

This man was unable to do anything physical. However, he could pray and pray, he did. He would call me from time to time and we would talk and then we would pray for each other. When he prayed for me, I felt prayed for.

When God called him home, I wrote a poem about him. My first thought when I heard of his passing was that “Heaven is Richer Now”. That was what I entitled the poem. Our pastor at that time read it at his service.


  1. Oh yes, heaven is richer as Jesus calls home dear saints who may have had a difficult time here on earth, but in heaven they are set free from their "shackles" and can run and rejoice without pain or fear. I love that thought and picture in my mind. The thing we need to remember is that this life is only temporary, but heaven is eternal. That is where such freedom really makes a difference! Thank you for this message today. Always good to remember these things.

    1. Pam: Thank you for your thoughtful comments. People, from time to time, talk about that gentleman and his mother. I picture him running foot races with men in heaven and dancing with the women.

    2. Pam: Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  2. Such a moving reflection here, Cecelia. Yes, when Jesus returns, we will all be made whole again. God bless!

    1. Martha Jane: Thank you for your kind thoughts. We have a lot to look forward to. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  3. Thank you for this beautiful blog. I found it encouraging. It's nice to hear how you dealt with this and continue to do so. My friend F has had back pain for months and can't come to the gathering. But she prays, every day for others and share nice What's app texts in her Ipone status. I hope she can go back to church. But she herself says that she is learning a lot now.

    God bless,

    1. Arieth: Thank you for your very kind words. God has been there for us all these years. I am certain your friend is truly learning as she intercedes for others. Peace and blessings to you and yours.


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