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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Isaiah 46:4 Thought/Prayer: Leaving Earth at 99. Topics: 2 at end.
“Even to your old age I am the same, and to your grey hairs I will carry you: I have made you, and I will bear: I will carry and will save. ” Douay-Rheims 1899 American Version http://www.bible.com (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
When someone passes away at age 99, how do we feel about it? If they have been in poor health, in a sense it is a relief – especially for them we say. The harsh realities of illness are no longer being battled by battle-weary bodies. If the person, however, is still in good health, even death at a very advanced age may be railed against by those left behind. We argue that they could have been with us awhile longer; they were still having a good time here on Earth.
If they have lived a life of great service to others, exemplifying a life of a servant-heart, we feel that a big hole has been left in our world, that no one else can fill up. But what if they have seemed crotchety, cranky and churlish and “un-fun”?
We’re not permitted to predict the length of someone’s life. We’re not permitted to have a say in how they are in later years or when they will leave Earth. But we are permitted to have our feelings and ponderings about death.
It’s such a finality for us finite persons. It’s so “different-from,” bringing an added dimension of life into focus. We feel somewhat helpless to know how to deal with it because no one having gone through it has ever sent back a handbook to help us understand all about the other side. It’s an unknown, both in destination and in the manner of passing. And we all will experience it. But those of us reading this will experience it because we were born in the first place. The most premature death of all is the demise of a baby in the womb.
Lord, please today help us to understand that You are the one to prepare our final destination beyond Earth. No matter whether we’re lovely right to the end, strong, and fit; or whether we’re weak and sick, it is You who takes our hand and leads us across. We pray that we will be faithful to work for LIFE so that all of the individuals you want to take to Heaven will be born on Earth to ultimately have the chance to head in that direction with You.
Topics: Pray for the Lord’s confidence when facing the death of someone dear, and that He will be obviously in control, no matter the state of being the person is experiencing.
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