There Is Room at the Table

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.  There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going.”                                                                                         John 14:1-4 (New Living Translation)

As we get close to Thanksgiving (yes, it is already November 1), I began to think about family and the idea that there is always “room at the table” for family. This idea of family around the table came from several directions. Mostly, I was just thinking about Lori.

As I write this blog, my own family is preparing for another funeral. My faithful readers may recall that just over two weeks ago I wrote a blog titled “Lou”, about the passing of my cherished brother-in-law. Just 20 days later, his daughter, my niece Lori, succumbed to cancer as well.

I was reminded of the promise that Jesus made to his disciples as he was preparing for his own homecoming to his father in heaven. He essentially said- “There is room for all of you in my Father’s house, after all, we are family”

Lori had been a 40-year survivor of a different type of cancer. This last cancer ravaged her body too quickly, and despite a valiant, even heroic fight, she went home to be with her father all too soon. We will all miss her terribly. Her large heart had room in it for many people too. Now she is at home with her own father, and her heavenly Father as well.   

I cling to this promise, and I am sure that my big sister, Lois and her own daughters Linda and Leanne do too. Lori’s two children, Matthew and Becky, and her husband, Doug, are an incredibly strong and supportive family, sustained by a positive and abiding faith in Jesus.

Jesus told us of the promise of rest in his own Father’s house- big enough for an untold number of families. We indeed need that kind of assurance. He also knew that here on earth, we need the strength of our physical families to survive the crushing grief that accompanies such loss.

So, as this Thanksgiving season rushes up on us, remember that there is always room at the table for those we love, and even those that we don’t know yet.

The ones who have left us are still at the table with us in our hearts.  

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the promise of room in your house. We are heartened by it, Amen

One thought on “There Is Room at the Table

  1. Wonderful thoughts, John. Keep my brother-in-law Tom in your prayers, too. He had triple bypass 3 weeks ago and has had many ups and downs since. He is still in the hospital needing to get his kidneys and lungs in better shape now. His daughter Amy is the one who had a stroke 2 years ago and still needs help from many of us. There’s a strong bond with them as Lou and Lori had. 🙏🏼

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