Recently, in a box that was long overdue to be unpacked, I found this pen tucked within a piece of packing paper—likely originating from a conference a few years ago.

But as I picked it up, it newly represented to me a kind, wise, prayerful, and supportive team of people who publish a line of women’s Bible studies and have welcomed a study on the book of Jude from me.

King Solomon, did you hear about the Messiah being called the Lord of the Sabbath who is greater than the temple, the embodiment of it (Matthew 12:6)? Did you hear, following His perfect sacrifice, of God intending to dwell with man, announced with a loud voice (Revelation 21:3)—a declaration matched to man’s innermost desire? Did you know of the God-Man who will sit on Jerusalem’s throne (Luke 1:32-33)? And did you know that the kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of our Lord, who will reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15)? 

The grief of death paints my abode—streets and structures—pale and decrepit. Nothing of earth surpasses its power; I have seen no mere man pierce to true light beyond this affixed shadow. Firm is death’s power to dominate humankind.