When Time Doesn’t Heal

Well-meaning people often say “time heals all wounds” usually when someone has lost a loved one. Or, when they are at a loss for words. Today is Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. It is also the 2nd anniversary of my ex-husband’s death. I have often thought about Enrique during these two years. There were many qualities I admired about him and never in a million years would I think he would abandon me and his boys when they were 2 and 4 yrs of age. They will be 21 and 25 soon. They grew up without their dad being in their life other than part-time and even that ended when Enrique became consumed with bitterness over child support. He shook off the role of father to become nothing more than a dollar sign.

Don’t think he couldn’t afford to support his boys. He could and then some, but chose to let resentment replace his love. He died never making the attempt to reconcile with his children. Over these 2 years, I have often wondered about his soul. Where is he today? Where did his eternity start? Did he reconcile with the Lord Jesus? If he is lost, it is forever and no amount of time will heal his pain and loss from rejecting salvation.

Today is Yom Kippur and many faithful Jews will end the 10 days of soul searching and repentance with the blessing “may your name be inscribed in the book of life.” Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice that they had authority over demons but that their name’s were written in the book of life. I know that my name is in the Lamb’s book of life. On this day, I hope that Enrique’s name is there too. That he called on His mercy while on his deathbed. God can snatch a soul from the brink of hell. Like the thief on the cross, I hope my ex-husband started his eternity with Jesus. That he too heard the savior say “this day you will be with me in paradise”

Yes, for many things in life, time does heal wounds. But for those who die in their sin, and stand before the Living God, eternity will never be long enough to heal a dead soul. In Revelations, it says that there is a great white throne judgment and death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire, and the book of life will be opened and everyone who’s name is not in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire which is the second death.

Two souls stand before God. Those who are alive in Christ and those who are dead in sin. Those who are alive in Christ, (born again) our sin has been judged on the cross and our name is in the Lamb’s book of life because we are alive in Jesus. Those who reject Christ are dead in sin. Their sin will be judged at this great white throne where the book of life will be opened and they will know that their soul is dead. They will see a Holy living God judge their sin. It says that heaven and earth will flee from the face of him, Jesus, who sits on the throne, who is worthy to judge sin. To have the face of Holiness look on a dead soul will be so unbearable I think they will run and escape into the lake of fire, and seek an eternity without God, where their greatest torment will forever be the memory of His face.

Death is never healed it is conquered by Jesus who is Life and the source of Eternal Life. Only Jesus can give life to a dead soul. Call on the Lord while He is near. Today is the day of Salvation.

Blessings on this day of atonement, where the Lamb of God, Jesus the Messiah, has redeemed us from death and sin, having died for us and having conquered death, is risen from the dead and is alive forever. He who is worthy to judge sin through his death on the cross is also able to reconcile us to God through his resurrection. Amen!


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