Stepping Stones

August 16
Earlier in the summer I went outside and sat in our rocking chairs under our deck and watched an enormous afternoon thunderstorm blow through.  It was seeing the power of God play out right before my eyes.  Taking this picture of the rain drops bouncing off this stepping stone I pondered how Jesus is our stepping stone to heaven.

Two of our children used to attend Bethlehem Church in Minneapolis.  Many of you may have heard of the extremely insightful preacher/teacher John Piper.  His online ministry is called  Our daughter forwarded me the prayer he gave at a funeral last week for a family of five who attended that church.  They were traveling to a missionary training event in preparation for their missionary assignment to Japan and were all killed in a car accident.  They stepped into heaven.

Speaking with our son the other day he said the television interviews of the parents of this young couple and grandparents of these three little children have be a powerful testimony to the assurance we have in Christ.  Pipers prayer is spot on to how we feel when those we cherish are taken from us way too soon for our liking.

 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take
you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place 
where I am going."
John 14:1-4 

Jesus is not only our stepping stone to heaven...he is the Way, the Truth and the Life!