“End Change”

                I believe that all my grandchildren are beautiful and smart. As far as their behavior is concerned, I will withhold any comment at this time. One grandson in particular, is extremely bright, although at times he seems to be (or act) a little bit absent minded.

                He is good at building (and destroying) things; he is also a great reader and even better story writer. The other day he wrote a complete fictional story. It was a funny tale, with many descriptive details and a few illustrations. The end of the story, however, was abrupt and not on the same level as the rest of the narrative. After reading it one more time, he decided to change the end.

                What about your story? Before I was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, the story of my life didn’t have a happy ending. I was miserable most of the time and the very few “happy” moments didn’t last very long.

                One day, in the back of a bus, I began to reflect about my past, present and future. My past was a blur; colored for the most part, with the pain of being a half-orphan. The loss of my father at an early age traumatized me for a long time.

                The present was not much better. I was an American citizen being raised in a communist country, but even there, I dared to dream about my future life. I saw myself going to college, getting married having children, getting old and…total darkness!

                I didn’t like the end of my story as I imagined it, but unlike my grandson, I was unable to do anything about it. I was an atheist (or an unbeliever) and I was hopeless.

                And then, Jesus came to my life. He forgave all my sins and brought hope and light to my darkness. Jesus changed the end of my story. Now, I am a child of God. Now, I have a glorious hope in Christ. There is a Light at the end of the tunnel and there is eternal life at the “end” of my earthly life. You can even say that now my story has no end, for I will live forever with Christ.

                What about you reader? Has Jesus changed the end of your story?

                And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life… Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:1-3)

                 A. G.

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