“I want to hug somebody,” she said. “But there was nobody there.”

Stacy Allison was talking about the moment she reached the “roof of the world,” Mount Everest, in 1988. (Chicago Tribune of 6-20-91) She arrived at the top 15 minutes before her companion. “I had always thought,” she said, “I would be there with someone to share it with…this incredible exhilaration.”

Cicadas hatch from eggs laid by large adult cicadas who have climbed trees and laid their eggs in gouged-out twigs. The slit twigs cut off nourishment to the leaves and break easily in the wind and fall to the ground where the eggs hatch in 6 to 8 weeks. They then burro into the ground.

After 17 years, they crawl stiff-legged out of the ground and climb the nearest tree or bush. Within a few minutes, long splits appear in their backs. Their crowding shoulders thrust their way through. Then they push their now-glistening bodies with transparent wings forward and out of their old shells which now are lifeless. They begin to sing with a high-pitched hum that resounds throughout the forest. Their fullness of life has been reached!

Jesus of Nazareth once told a group of people who did not believe that human beings would ever rise from the dead, “God told Moses: ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.’ He is the God of the living, not of the dead. You are very much mistaken.” (Mark 12)

Jesus was himself to arise with the body he had on earth, complete with the marks of the nails and spear.

According to John the Evangelist, there’ll be a huge crowd there at “resurrection” of everyone, “from every nation and race, people and language.” (Rev. 7)

All ready for hugs!

What a song to sing!

What a fullness of life to celebrate!

From lifeless shells left back on planet Earth.

Seventeen years of darkness, or even 70, shouldn’t be all that difficult to put up with.

Compared to the end result.

Patience is all that is needed.

“In your patience, you shall possess your souls.” (Luke 21:19)