Then—The cost of a long distance call was worth the price to hear a loved one’s voice. We didn’t mind static, or interruption from a party line, or limits to privacy determined by the length of our phone cord. Still, even with the “modern” convenience of the telephone, we left words unspoken—affection we should have shared, apologies we should have offered, questions we failed to ask.

Now—We see each other on our phones. Alexander Graham Bell would be astonished! Actually, I’m astonished at this phenomena that’s common for my grandchildren. It’s how they meet with friends to do homework or play games. We text on our phones and have instant connection to anyone, anytime, all the time—a bane and a blessing. And still, weariness, busyness, or self-consciousness leaves words unspoken.

Jesus was exhausted, in pain, and suffering but He didn’t leave words unspoken. He spoke and we received direct access to our Father—all day, any day, any time. With His last labored breath Jesus said, “It is finished.” And it was.

In Eternity—Our sins are covered, forgiveness is sweet, Heaven is ours, and our relationship with God is forever. And while we wait, the lines of communication are more than open—our words are invited, expected, longed for. Our Father is eager to hear our poorly phrased sentences, bad grammar, stammering feelings—we are His children and family has never been better.

In the meantime

  • In Him [Jesus] and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Eph. 3:12
  • We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body. Heb. 10:19b-20
  • If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 1 John 4:15-16