A Party for all Eternity

We laid the Bible on the table and she sat silent for a moment, the weight of God’s Word sinking deep.

“God thinks I’m important?” she asked.

We just finished reading from Genesis when Abraham, obeying God’s command, took Isaac to the mountain and lay him on an altar.  He raised the knife high, willing to sacrifice his son yet heartbroken to do it.

“Abraham, Stop!”

A lamb.

A thicket and an altar of thanksgiving.

A promise kept.

To me, it was just another story.  But the message she got?

The words whispered to her soul?

God thought Isaac important.  So important, he was to be spared.

God thinks her important.

So important, she was to be spared.

A Sacrificial Lamb sent to take her place.

“I think I’m ready,” she said, very matter of fact.  No doubt, the voice did not waver.

And later that day, nestled on the bed between us…she answered the knock.

Confident.

Joyful.

Beautiful.

She understood.  The acceptance holds weight.

Truth.

The dirt…

Made clean.

Daughter.

A Princess.

And when the prayers were finished, she smiled wide.

“Heaven’s having a party for me now, right?” she asked with a grin.

And they are.  I imagine it to be a grand feast with birthday cake, Nutella (naturally) and M&M’s – all her favorites.

We had our own party.

At a restaurant on the beach we celebrated over chicken fingers and shrimp.

An altar of thanksgiving.

As we wrapped up and the low lying clouds began to shine with the rays of the sun breaking through their surface, she turned to me.  All eyes.  Big and bright.

Crystal Blue.

Redemption.

“Mom, is my heaven party over now?” she asked.

“No, baby.  They’ll be celebrating you for all eternity.”

“Yet to those who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12

 

*A profession of faith in Christ is really important to us and knowing our children have come to that point brings us to our knees.  If you are unsure as to why that’s important to us or you have any questions about why we believe what we believe, please feel free to email me.  I would love to chat with you.  kellistuart00 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Comments

  1. Yay, Tia!!

  2. carol prosser says:

    Thank you for sharing this so beautifully, Kelli! Please tell Tia we are celebrating her most important decision here in St Louis too! I will so enjoy spending eternity with Tia! (and the rest of her family too!)

    • Thanks Carol. I have been thinking about you and about how Landon would be starting at Bonhomme if we were still there. I try not to think about it too long or I get sad. Love you guys!

  3. So beautifully written, Kelli! Tears in my eyes. A great gift from God, Tia by name, will be definiteley celebrated for the whole eternity. She is a wise, smart little girl with her own deep thoughts and kind heart, so big that it can embrace the whole world. You are a blessed mother, my dear! Keep teaching her the word of God – she will make her own conclusions and implement them in life.

  4. Party in heaven and tears in St. Louis. I love that girl! Kiss her for me.

  5. WHAT A MOMENT! And really, you have documented it fabulously. It will serve as a great reminder when the enemy tries to make her doubt! So glad that I get to be at her party for eternity and eat nutella and m&ms to my heart’s content!

  6. Tell her Uncle Eric, Aunt Becke’, and those crazy boy cousins of hers are partying it up for her sake…yay Tia!

  7. Yay Tia! This brought tears to my eyes. So exciting! Thank you for letting us enjoy this sweet occasion!

  8. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! We are celebrating with you,
    Wen

  9. Jennifer & Noelle says:

    We just LOVE you Tia and miss you so much!!!!!

  10. Yay! Tia!! Praise God. Another little sister in Christ! This party is better than any other party…but the neutella makes it a little sweeter! 🙂

  11. That is awesome! Praise the Lord for Tia!! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Uncle Jeff & Aunt Brenda says:

    Tell Tia that the celebration has begun in California!

  13. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! YAY TIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Tom and Laura Hughes says:

    We Hugheses wanna join the party. WAY COOOOOOOOL! We love you, Tia!

  15. Unbelievable post. So awesome.

  16. This is amazing.

    You captured it so beautifully.

    Yay!!!

    What a blessing!!