Back in 1970 the Beatles recorded and performed the hit song “The Long and Winding Road”. Many of us remember it, and some can no doubt sing it. This was the 20th and final song by the Beatles to hit #1 in the United States. The inspiration for it came from Highway B842 that runs along the east coast of Scotland, which was the route that Paul McCartney took to reach his farm. It also touched on the long and winding road that the group had traveled together, which was coming to an end as they were about to unravel. Each and every one of our lives is a long and winding road, some longer and windier than others. What’s most important is what you find at the end of life’s road. The lyrics written by McCartney put it this way; “The long and winding road that leads to your door.” For those of us who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, and live our lives in faith in him, that door belongs to our heavenly Father, it’s the doorway into his eternal kingdom. Very early this morning, about 4:00am, the longest road of life that I have personally ever witnessed came to its end, and the doorway to heaven swung wide open. Our beloved sister Gladys Kumnick stepped through that door into the waiting arms of her Savior Jesus. Gladys walked her entire course, all 104 years and 10 months, by faith in her Lord and Savior. She now and forever reaps the heavenly reward for her faithfulness. We’ll miss her while we still journey toward heaven, but will be with her again forever and ever when that same door swings wide open for us!
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009