His Passport

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:12 (NKJV)

Grief surged seeing my husband's, Dave’s, unused passport. We had planned to fly to Zurich, Switzerland to visit our daughter, her husband and our first grandchild, Lindsey. However, a fast-acting malignancy took Dave’s life and he went to be with Jesus. I had to travel to Europe alone.

My visit eased my sorrow as family love bound us. But each thought of the unused passport made me long for Dave’s nearness.

Back home again, I hiked daily at dawn. Sometimes the brown tinged autumn grass was white with frost. But the sun’s warmth melted the frost, changing it to “diamonds” on the lawn. Jesus, the Son, could warm frosty grief to bright gratitude for the heartwarming gift of eternal life.

I praised God that Dave’s trip to heaven had required no passport! For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)

Just as frost diamonds brighten fall’s brown grass, sadness can become comfort because Jesus has offered us our passport to heaven.
Thank You, Lord, for Your shed blood on the cross that has given us as believers, our passport to heaven, I pray in Jesus' name. Amen.