Maybe you heard about the fellow who wrote a heartwarming last will and testament. Well, it was mostly heartwarming.

“To my loving wife who stood by me through thick and thin over these past 57 years, I leave the house and $2 million,” the fellow wrote.

“To my darling daughter who lovingly helped to care for me during my illness and who has singlehandedly kept the business going, I leave the yacht and $1 million.

“And, finally, to my son Ralph, who hated me and argued with me and thought I would never mention him in my will, well, you were wrong. ‘Hi Ralph.’”

I’m always pleased to know spouses and parents who take seriously the biblical directive to care for those in their households. You realize, the Bible says anyone who doesn’t care for his family “hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel” (1 Timothy 5:8).

It seems to me that one of the ways we can show our concern for our loved ones is to see to it that they’re cared for even after we’re gone. And one way we can do that is through “life insurance.”

No, I’m not pitching the kind of insurance All State offers in the TV ads. I’m sure you’ve considered that the Lord offers “life insurance.” In fact, His policy offers the greatest of all benefits. For, you see, He offers the promise of eternal life.

While insurance companies can offer huge cash settlements, the Lord offers a beautiful mansion that awaits in a city whose builder and maker and God. He offers us an eternity in heaven absent the difficulties we face down here, a place where there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow. A place where we will enjoy the peace we long for in this world.

The insurance agent will set you up with a policy for a price. But, get this: the Lord offers his “life insurance” free to all, because He paid the full price for it on the cross of Calvary the day He died in our places.

Unlike the fellow who rewarded his wife and daughter while giving poor Ralph nothing, God offers only the best to all of his children.

So, you see, if you’re a child of God, “You’re in good hands.”

Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland.

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