For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him; Psalm 103: 11
I’ve been thinking a lot about the nearness of heaven these days. We celebrated the remembrance of Resurrection Day for my father, Darrell, yesterday. It has been 6 years since the angels sang such sweet melodies in his heart and called him home after 12 years of living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Meanwhile, my precious mother, Aileen, has been waiting patiently to hear those same melodies. In the days following his death, I remember her saying that she would be next in “not too long of a time from now – a year at best,” to join him in heaven.
And I remember being angry with her for talking that way. Well, here we are 6 years later; 5 of those years spent with her own deepening dementia to the point that she does not comprehend much of this earthly life anymore. So she waits. And we wait, for that glorious reunion to take place.
I know that the author of this text above perhaps thought little about life and death and those in heaven and those on earth while writing this psalm, but for me on this day, I can only thank and praise this God of steadfast love who binds these two together – one in heaven and one on earth.
Deep in my mother’s heart, though she not remember the events that surround her in Chronos time (earthly time), she, I believe, lives in perpetual Kairos time (God’s time). So that though her days on earth run on, our God who lives both in heaven and on earth, surrounds her with a steadfast love so great, that nothing separates her from God’s love, not even a fading memory. So perhaps she is not waiting at all for the fulfillment of the promise, but lives perpetually in that promise. May we all abide in that kind of steadfast love, God’s love that binds heaven and earth together.