As she lay dying, braving seizures and confusion, I saw the war clearly. I could see how the enemy delights in our suffering, how he relishes the death that tears our hearts apart. But I also saw the faithfulness and comfort of God as Mama weakened in those last hours.

She praised God. She prayed. And she told Him she loved Him. Throughout her entire battle, she remained happy and trusting, telling everyone how good God was to her. So when she took her final breath, I saw the victory the Bible mentions so often. Though the enemy brought sin and death into the world, Jesus brought new life. Her last hours were peaceful, quiet, and she went without struggle into the arms of her Lord.

I am so thankful Jesus has my Mama now. I'm so thankful for what he went through for her. Each time he was slapped, he took away her shame. Each lash the whips cut into him took away her pain. Each nail that tore through his hands took away her sin, and each drop of blood washed away her guilt. As she trusted in him throughout her life, he gave her peace in her salvation.

He did the same for me. And for you. And for everyone who has ever committed their lives to him. Death truly is swallowed up in victory. Jesus won the war.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many... just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans Romans 5:12-21

I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~  1 Corinthians 15:50-57
 
Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. ~ Matthew 25:33

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March 14, 2010

Jen Booth is a social worker and a budding author. She resides with her husband in Louisiana. You can contact her at jenbooth26@aol.com.