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  • Writer's pictureAlan and Jean McKinnell

The final date 20..

The one thing that is missing from The Dash poem is God and hope. Where there is no God there is no hope.

Many of our dashes have parts and sometimes whole seasons which we do not want remembered by, many have dashes which are less than we could have hoped for, funerals highlight the good througout a persons life and that is okay we should remember people well, but the person themself knows (or knew) all the details. But as Christians we do not believe the final date on this earth is the end.

So what next for those whose dashes are not perfect (and isn't that all of us). The Bible says in Romans 3:23 New International Version 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

The scripture in the picture above tells us that God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, in other words there is hope for everyone. Jean got this scripture when her young brother committed suicide*. When Jesus was crucified He told the thief on the cross next to Him that 'today you will be with Me in paradise'. Right up until the very moment of death there is hope and whether in your body or in your spirirt you will encounter God at that time and 'God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy' but why wait? why take a chance? when you can know right now that God accepts you and wants you to have that certainty of eternal life. Today accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour, leave your past behind you and turn from your sins and live a new life in Christ Jesus.

John 3:16 New King James Version

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9 New King James Version

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

*Read more of this story in 'Suicide is not painless, Chapter 16 of my book 'Route 66, from Tarbolton to Toxteth via Toulouse' by Alan McKinnell available on Amazon and ebay.

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