The Letter

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: 2 Timothy 4:6-8

I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (v. 7)

Dear Nellie, the letter began, How are you doing? A typical beginning, but this letter was not typical. For starters, the writer was 95 years old and the recipient, 91. For several pages, the writer elaborates about children and grandchildren. Then the gentle chitter-chatter of woman-to-woman talk begins to change. It seems the days, weeks, and months are going so fast—yes, faster than ever! She writes with a perspective that only years can teach. Soon, we too, Nellie, will reach the end of our journey . . . I wonder what heaven will be like. The best is coming yet!

There is no depression or fear, only an excitement of new beginnings. There is nobody sick in heaven! We can leave all our medicines, glasses, hearing aids, false teeth, and crutches here! As an evangelist, she writes for perhaps the thousandth time of God’s plan of salvation and the joy she finds in Christ. Soon, we will see Jesus! Think of it!

Paul too has been sharing the good news of Jesus for decades when he writes to Timothy. In this second epistle to his beloved companion, he faithfully points us toward heaven. Stay close to Jesus, Nellie, and rejoice, for the future is bright! Like Paul, our sister has won the race. Well done, good and faithful servant. — Tammy De Ruyter

Prayer: Lord, help us to remain close to you until the very end.