Friday, September 09, 2011

the hope of heaven

it's been a hard week. a very hard week here at the mccord house.
one of justin's dear friends, bobby rhine, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on monday.
the call justin received monday night from bobby's wife has rocked our world.

you see, bobby was and still is the face and voice of fc dallas.
he was justin's running buddy and lunch date most days.
and he is the reason that soccer is more than just a means of a paycheck to us - he made the sport real to our family.

i am not going to lie - my heart is still aching 5 days later.
it aches for bevan, his wife, and their 2 little boys.
it aches for my husband who has to continue going to work each day and pass by bobby's desk.
my heart - my fleshly heart - aches.

but the thing that keeps me going - keeps this fleshly heart of mine ok - is the fact that bobby is heaven with jesus. bobby knew jesus as his savior and was therefore greeted by jesus on monday afternoon. bobby is getting to worship at the feet of jesus and run and play soccer without any heart issues. he is free.

death is not easy. ever.
but jesus's gift of eternal life makes it easier.
there is a real hope in heaven.
and jesus is there waiting for us.

so, please join me in praying for bevan, jake, miller, and the rest of bobby's family as they begin their new normal.

but please also join me in hoping for the day when we get to see jesus face to face.
and get to play soccer with bobby again.
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 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? 3 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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:1-6)


Ashley Hall said...

I am so, so sorry Joanna. I know you all are more than heartbroken. Amen to the hope we have in heaven! Praying for you and Justin.

Parker and Janet said...

Praying for you guys! Can't imagine going through a loss that close to you. Love yall!