The Greatest Reunion

The Greatest Reunion

Until recently, I had only seen my great grandparents in still photos, but my Uncle Brian had some old silent home films transferred to DVD.  For the first time, I saw my great grandparents interacting with others, smoking, joking, and smiling.  I also saw my grandparents, and what they used to look like before they false teeth and gray hair.  My father was just a little boy.  He and his brothers were wearing Superman suits that my Nana had sown for them for Christmas – even a tiny suit for my dad’s wee baby brother, my Uncle Brian. After watching the vid several times, it occurred to me that everyone pictured in the oldest films, with the exception of my dad, my Uncle Terry, and my Uncle Brian, have passed away.  The vid is full of love and life, but it’s just a little snippet, a thin slice of who they were or the lives they led.  There was so much more to them than a couple of minutes of silent footage, and now they are gone. I take comfort in knowing that the God Who created all things is completely capable and willing to arrange a family reunion.  I don’t know exactly how or when that happens, or what it looks like, but I know that God has purposed to do this.  And He has purposed to do this, not just for my family, but for all the families of the earth.

[God] will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces …the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure, that He purposed in Himself, in regard to the dispensation of the fulness of the times, to bring into one the whole in the Christ, both the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth – in him… (Isaiah 25:8, Ephesians 1:9-10)

This is an excerpt from the DVD my Uncle Brian made.

Comments
  • Lanny A. Eichert July 19, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Alice, on what Biblical authority are you able to write I know that God has purposed to do this?

    Your dead unbelieving family will be each one be suffering alone in hell’s eternal fire until they and it are thrown into the Lake of Fire where they will in solitude suffer for eternity.

    Only those who have been born again during this earthly mortal existence will escape eternal torment. Everybody else perishes under the wrath of God.

    wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat {Matthew 7: 13}

    • Lanny A. Eichert July 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. {John 12: 39 & 40}

      Those words were spoken AFTER Jesus said {John 12: 32}
      And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

      God does not save everybody. He only draws all whom He chose, His elect.

      Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. {Romans 9: 18}

      Those of your family who have not confessed Christ before they died are gone to hell, dear Alice, to burn forever in age-during fire in the age that doesn’t end, which God is able to make, so you agreed. They have no second chance, poor Alice, because the fire doesn’t end since the age doesn’t end. Please face reality.

      Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. {Jude 7}

      Suffering the vengence of age-during fire of the age that doesn’t end, which God is able to make. Suffering, suffering, suffering. Forever suffering.

      Take heed, Alice, for this is reality. You built a false hope on your limited use of forever, confining it to ages that have end points.

      • Lanny A. Eichert July 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        Alice, you really need to spend much time meditating on John 12: 39 & 40.

        Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. {John 12: 39 & 40}

        God blinded and hardened so that they could not believe and so that they’d not be healed, but perish. Do you you think after God went to such limits, He’d reverse Himself and give them spiritual insights and soften their hearts to coax them to believe and then He’d heal them? If so, your god plays yoyo with people, dangling them on a string over hell’s fire to his own delight.

    • Lanny A. Eichert July 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Alice, You went way out on a very thin branch, even your imagination to write:

      I take comfort in knowing that the God Who created all things is completely capable and willing to arrange a family reunion. I don’t know exactly how or when that happens, or what it looks like, but I know that God has purposed to do this. And He has purposed to do this, not just for my family, but for all the families of the earth.

      Alice, that’s as dreamy as your universalism. Dreams are NOT reality. The authority of dreams is your own imagination.

      And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. {Genesis 6: 5}

      Come on now, Alice, you must know something of the timing: #1 it can’t happen while some are yet unbelievers, so #2 it must happen after all are saved. Since >90% of humanity die without Christ, you must be talking about the ages in which you think in your imagination people get saved long after they have died and gone to hell. Don’t you see how continually wicked your heart is because you refuse to believe the age God made that doesn’t end where unbelievers burn forever; and you know God is able to do that? That reunion can’t occur while any of your kin are burning, can it? Since that age doesn’t end, your kin’s burning doesn’t end, so how are you expecting a family reunion? I’ve already proven you believe eternal torment although you will not admit it.

  • Mary Vanderplas July 19, 2013 at 5:49 am

    How neat that your uncle did this so that your generation and subsequent ones would be able to see your forebears “in motion.” That the films capture some happy times in the life of your father’s family is evident. I’m sure that you and your family have had fun watching this.

    I can understand how viewing the video would elicit a sense of longing as much as anything else – longing to see and know loved ones whom you knew only when you were young or not at all. I share this longing in thinking about my own family – especially my parents. I love what you say about the Christian hope of our being joyfully reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us; and I agree that this is a sure hope for us who believe in the God of resurrection power. I like, too, what you say about the scope of God’s activity being wide, about this hope being inclusive of all people, the whole human family.

    Thanks for sharing the video – and for bearing witness to the God whose power and love know no bounds, and inspire deep confidence, in the midst of our human experience of being separated by death from those we love.

  • Mary Vanderplas July 20, 2013 at 5:30 am

    I submitted two comments yesterday (one here and one on the last blog) that are still awaiting approval. I just wanted to let you know, in case you might have missed them.

  • Stephen Helbig July 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

    There is a oneness that exists that some have begun to see as thru a glass darkly, a light penetrating in the dark. It is indeed full of The goodness of our Father God and His boundless love for us. To begin to write of such things is a task that if all the books in the world contained this one subject they all could not contain its Height Breadth, Width and Depth, For His Love is boundless. This reunion of all will take place because of the work of our Lord Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith which is really His Faith and surety which speaks ~ Amen and Amen.

    This Great Reunion scripture indeed declares, … And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD has spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, See, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. …(Isa. 25)

  • LannyA. Eichert July 25, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Car/bicycle accident put me inthe hospital Monday 22July and I will not be with you all for a while and that’s reality, not your fantasies.

    • admin July 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Were you in the car or the bike? Sorry to hear about your injuries. I hope it’s not serious. Please give us an update when you can. (((hugs))) and prayers

      • Stephen Helbig July 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        Lanny, in all of your current distress continue to be encouraged in all the things of the Lord, and in all these troubles may your joy abound in His grace and peace.

    • Mary Vanderplas July 26, 2013 at 5:46 am

      Oh, no – I’m so sorry. It sounds like you were injured pretty badly – that you’re going to be out of commission for a while. I will be praying for you – for strength and that you will recover completely.

    • Patrick Strickland July 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      I am sorry to hear that buddy. I hope it was not too serious. I use to do a lot of bicycling a few years ago and also had an accident when i got hit by a car. I will keep you in my prayers… you will be missed Hope you heal soon.

      Grace and peace Patrick

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