Chaplain's Corner: Leaving Loneliness

September 2019

Have you ever thought about eternity or the meaning of eternity? The dictionary gives three basic definitions of eternity: 1. Infinite or unending time; 2. A state to which time has no application; and 3. Endless life after death.

When we try to think about eternity past or eternity future, our minds cannot go there because we live in a world that has beginnings and endings: the day starts; the day ends. Something is made and eventually it decays or rusts or breaks down and is replaced. Civilizations start and civilizations fade. Dictators rise up and dictators fall. People are born and people die. Yet, there is something inside of us that yearns for permanence. Why is this?

The Bible says that God has "set eternity in the human heart." In other words, God has put, in every human heart, the sense that there is something more to life than what we can see and experience in the here and now, in which we live and die, a longing to continually be alive in a place of love and peace, and safety and stability.

The Bible also tells us that life is not over when we die, but we all will experience life after death and that where we spend eternity will be determined by the choices we make in this life. It says, "For God so loved the world (that means each one of us individually) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." If we believe what God says about Jesus and receive Him into our lives, asking Him to forgive us for living our lives apart from Him, Jesus will come into our hearts and we can begin to experience His presence, peace, love and forgiveness and the assurance in our hearts that indeed we have been given eternal life after our death.

However, the Bible also tells us that if we reject His offer of forgiveness and everlasting life, then when we die we will live in a place of "eternal destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord." To me this means living eternally in a place where there is no love, no peace, no safety and no stability.

A simple prayer, if you have never received Jesus, is this: Lord Jesus, I know that I have tried to live my life without you. I ask you to forgive me for this and to come and live in my heart and direct my life from this point on.

To go further in depth about eternity, go to rightnowmediaatwork.org and search "Eternity." There are many resources there to help you with this or other concerns or questions.

If you want to talk to me about this, or anything else, my personal cell number is 513-505-3761, and my personal email is richfemia7@gmail.com. Anything that we talk about is confidential and will not be shared with anyone else.

Thank you,

Rich Femia
FSE Corporate Chaplain

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