August 16, 2010
(Jesus said) "Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20b
If you go to Disneyland or Disneyworld, you will hear the song, "It's A Small World After All."
You will hear it again and again and again. Then, when you leave either of those places, you will find yourself humming or whistling the tune. Weeks later, you find yourself willing to pay just about anything for someone to stop that tune from perpetually playing in your brain.
Of course, the words are right: it is a small world and it's becoming smaller. When many of our ancestors came to the new world, they said a final, lasting "goodbye" to their family and friends. They had little hope they would ever see each other again.
Today it is common for people to make regular video calls to friends and family half-way around the world. And if a person really gets lonely, he can hop on a jet and be face-to-face with his loved ones in a matter of hours.
The world is getting smaller, and some of our overseas service people appreciate that fact. According to a recent article in USA Today, the miracles of technology are allowing deployed soldiers to see and talk with their families during special events like high school and college graduations.
And in case you're wondering if this is a big deal, listen to Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Ferris. He said, "I had already missed (my daughter's) Sweet 16th, 17th, 18th birthday(s) and will miss her 19th as well." But Ferris did see his daughter's graduation.
His words touched me. This is why I was really pleased to hear the miracles of the Internet allowed him to watch his daughter's graduation. He reports, "When (they) announced Dawn's name, I stood up fast. ... I stood there, fighting tears off. I yelled, 'That's my baby girl!' and clapped."
No question about it, it's difficult being away from those you love. Thankfully, we who have been washed of our sins in the Savior's blood know the living Lord is never far from us. Instead, He has promised to be with us always.
In a world where there are wars and rumors of wars, in a time when plagues, pestilence, and problems keep us apart, those words of Jesus are an incredible comfort. Christians have Holy Spirit-given faith that Jesus, who gave His life so we might be forgiven and have eternal life, remains with us.
He is here, even now, asking you to cast your cares upon Him, asking you to trust Him, asking you to believe there is nothing this world can do to separate you from Him.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, in saving us You have done that which we could never do. Now You have given us an ongoing promise to remain with us and to help and strengthen us. May we be appreciative of Your manifold graces. May we stand up and be proud to say, "That's my Savior." In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries