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  The Wider Picture
Part Nine



Escaping Grief’s Gravitational Pull
Never underestimate the Power of Prayer
Burden bearing in the Spirit
Sharing more of the Father’s Grief
When Grief and Deception Engulf Nations
Lest we forget
Prophetic Laments and the Power of Music
The Courage to keep going

Cultivating an eternal Perspective

  Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. Revelation 4:1-2  
  We have come a long way on our journey, from the first waves of shock and trauma until we can now speak freely of moving on beyond our grief. Towards the end of his life, the Lord reminded the evangelist David Watson of His priorities and perspective.
  All your writing and all your preaching are as nothing in comparison with your relationship with Me.32  

In both Extraordinary Miracles in the Lives of Ordinary People, and Intimacy and Eternity,33 I shared a wonderful experience of the nearness of Heaven that I was privileged to be accorded many years ago. This both launched my ministry, and has continued to influence my whole outlook on life and eternity ever since. From time to time the Lord’s presence draws close, and I catch the echo of Paul’s encouragement to let Heaven fill my thoughts, (Colossians 3:2 LB).

Too much striving after earthly aspirations diminishes our spiritual hunger. If something sharp is required to refocus our priorities, why be surprised if the Lord allows razor-edged trials to come our way? Anything is better than settling for complacency!

Reflect and Pray
Take courage. No matter how much you have suffered, or may yet have to go through, God is preparing you for a lifetime in His presence. When God is ready, He will usher you into the greater fullness of His Heavenly Kingdom.

All the things that have deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it – tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest – if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself – you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say, “Here at last is the thing I was made for.”

Your place in Heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand. C.S. Lewis


Lord, You know, You see, You hear –
every cry, every sadness, every sigh.
You know exactly what I am going through
and where You are taking me.

I give to You each grief that I have borne:
each dented dream,
each failure of faith or friendship.

Take these shards and slivers, Lord,
so that none turns septic
and taints my heart.

Make of these fragments
a full and pleasing mosaic.

I bless and forgive each person, young or old,
who has caused me grief or hindered my path.
I receive Your forgiveness too
for all the wrong that I have done ,
when I have caused others to stumble.

I bring You all who are in need
of Your profound refreshment:
and make myself available to You and to them,
In the name of the One Who strengthens me
from day to day,
and enables me to share in Your eternal life.

Appendix One
I GAVE THE FOLLOWING TALK at a funeral reception recently after a friend’s mother died. It pulls together many of the themes I have touched on in more depth elsewhere in this book and I include it in the hope that it will be of interest as well a spiritual resource.
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32 Watson, D. Fear no Evil (1998) Hodder & Stoughton
33 Marszalek, T. Ed. (2007) Extraordinary Miracles in the Lives of Ordinary People. Harrison House. Intimacy and Eternity

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