As members of my VIP Readers group know… one evening last week I wrote, ‘THE END.’ Hell Shall Not Prevail, book 5 in the Apostle John Series is finished.
Yes, there have been many hiccoughs and delays with this final book in the series. It was supposed to be released sooner than this. However, I needed to do the other books justice. It is a ‘capstone’ on the series.
Now, I have finished going through it, line by line, so that it is the least amount of work for an editor.
Typing ‘THE END’ was a strange, but satisfying feeling.
(I never did find the missing Epilogue, but I believe the one it has now is probably better.)
Each of the other books in the series has finished with… ‘To be continued in…” (Whatever the next book was called.)
This one finished the series!
Sometimes it was ‘odd’ living between two time periods – but it was incredible what I discovered as I researched all I could about their time and culture… so that I could walk in their shoes!
I would not be telling the truth if I said I LIKED every character, but I did come to know them. I had to in order to ‘live in their skins.’
It has hard to describe the feeling when I looked at those words ‘THE END’ on the page. After five books!
There was a tinge of sadness that my late husband is not here to share the pleasure. I know he would have been delighted – he lived with the first few books.
Other feelings? Mainly there was excitement, joy, satisfaction, all competing for supremacy.… and I found myself wondering if God feels the same way when ‘one of His saints’ reaches the end of life.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116: 15”
It gave me an inkling of what He might feel.
Why is it ‘precious in His sight’ when his saints die?
And why does he take no pleasure in the death of the wicked?
“Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
Perhaps it is because the race is run, and for the ‘saints’ THE END can be ‘stamped’ on a life lived well.
The death of a sinner is a different story.
Just thinking, and delighted that the Apostle John Series has ‘lived well.’
Thank you to all who have supported me through this journey through the lives of the people of the late 1st century AD.
P.S. To those who have asked, yes, another series is coming… a different one. But first, a rest, friends, family – oh, and a book award for Keep the Flame.
Thank you, readers, for your support. Stay tuned.
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