The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out… and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:3-4
My daughter was born into a room of caring strangers. The doctors had to perform a fast belly birth for safety. I was asleep during her first birth moments and because the doctors had to work so quickly, her father couldn’t even make it into the room. But within 20 minutes of rolling me back to the O.R., they had brought her him. The doula took pictures of this moment. What you can see in our daughter’s face is that she recognizes her father’s voice.
I cannot help but think that this is what our transition at death will also be like. Often in that transition, people are surrounded by caring strangers—the medical teams, the angels. Though you have yet to see his face, how comforting it must be to be brought into the arms of our loving Heavenly Father — and to recognize his voice.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, until we see your face, tune the ears of our hearts to recognize your voice during our journey on earth. Amen.
Deaconess Catherine Steffen, Oviedo, FL