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    My Sister in Law, my brother Rod's Wife, Beth has passed away, but she will not be forgotten.

Energy can neither be Created nor Destroyed.

This is the Law of Conservation.  Note, not a theory but a Law.

Light Bulb

Lit bulb

In Sunday School I have often used the image of a light bulb to express the idea of our flesh and when energy ( like God's Breathed Breath of Life ) in the form of electricity flows through it, then Light is Created. ( Life in us as a Soul )  Most everyone knows that Light energy is not destroyed.  It simply leaves our visible spectrum.  We know that Light energy last for eons, light coming from distant stars left them hundreds of years ago, and is only just now arriving at our eyes.  True if the Life force is removed from our bodies ( like when electrical continuity is broken in the filament of the bulb ) our bodies die, but not our Souls, it is like Light energy and continues to exit even if it is not in our visible spectrum any more.

Beth's light shown Brightly, but alas to short.  We will all miss her.  When LSU was winning I enjoyed calling her and asking what she thought of the Game and she would give me an earful.  Like wise if they were loosing.

God's Love is Eternal and as it says in the Bible:
Acts 3:21 says, “whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.”

As this writer says:

The Restitution of All Things

By George Hawtin

When Peter stood up to preach before the wondering crowd who were eye witnesses of the healing of the lame man at the beautiful gate of the temple, he told his hearers in no uncertain tones, "Ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you: and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead" (Acts 3:14-15). But, after having said this, he consoled them with these wonderful words:

"And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may he blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto You: Whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began." (Acts 3:17-21)

Peter's statement speaks clearly of the times of the restitution of all things. Restitution, according to the best English usage, means the act of restoring something that has been taken away or lost; the act of making good or rendering an equivalent as for loss or injury. (Funk and Wagnall's Dictionary) This is in exact harmony with the Greek work temuriak which means restoration.

Some will no doubt reply to this by stating, as many do, that Peter was not promising that God would restore everything but only those things of which the prophets had spoken. I wish, however, to show as clearly as possible that the grammatical construction of this sentence declares the exact opposite to be the truth. I mean that Peter was actually saying that all the prophets from the beginning of the world had prophesied that there would be a restoration of all things and that the restoration would indeed be universal and would include all things. You will notice that in the scripture quoted (Acts 3:21, King James Version) there is a comma after the word things. This comma indicates that the clause following : "which God hath spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since the world began" - is what is known as a nonrestrictive clause. A nonrestrictive clause is one which can be omitted without changing or destroying the meaning of the principal clause or main statement. (See Mastering Effective English by Tressler-Lewis, Revised Edition, Pages 545-546.) It simply adds further information. Now read the scripture, omitting the clause in question, and you will find the meaning is clearly stated and nothing of the sense is destroyed. If this clause were modifying the word things, it would be restrictive and no comma would be used.

To this agree the words of many scholarly translators, a few of whom I will quote here for the benefit and understanding of all who read.

"That the Lord may send Jesus, your long-decreed Christ, who must be kept in heaven till the period of the great Restoration. Ages ago God spoke of this by the lips of His holy prophets." Moffatt.

"Heaven must receive Him until those times of which God has spoken from the earliest ages through the lips of His holy prophets - the times of the restitution of all things." Weymouth

"He must remain in heaven till the time for the universal reformation of which God told in ancient times by the lips of His is holy prophets." Goodspeed.

"Whom it behooveth heaven, indeed, to receive till times of a restitution of all things, which God spake through the mouth of all His holy prophets from the age." Young's literal.

We could easily fill the page with the words of many other translators, but I think the above is sufficient to testify that this is the true meaning of the words of Peter and that he was teaching us and all who have ears to hear the Spirit's voice that there is coming a time of universal restitution and reconciliation in which all things will be restored, whether they be things in heaven, things in earth, or things under the earth.

Like this writer and the 4 others he quotes I too believe in the restoration of all things and that some day we will all Know God and all know each other as we are known.   Amen.

Until then we will strive to keep Beth's Memory alive and well.

I hope if you have a loved one that has passed that this may help you to realize that they too have only passed out of our visible spectrum, for now.



In business and life one must keep their priorities right.
I try to keep God first because the Bible tells us if we
put him first all the rest will be provided.
To help maintain this life style we fellowship at
St. John's United Methodist Church. Join us there for
Sunday Morning Worship.

John 3:16-17
16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him. NIV



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