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Monday, August 13, 2012
Psalm 103:1 Thought/Prayer: Blessed by “Jim” and “Dave.” Topics: 2 at end.
“Bless the Lord, O my Soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” RSV (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
It was a double effect last Friday, sorrow and blessing. But yet, blessing and blessing.
When getting ready to accompany Golden Oldies singers at a health-care center for seniors, the music therapist took me aside to tell me that one of the most faithful of residents had suddenly died the previous afternoon. We’ll call him Jim. Jim was a dear Christian man, gregarious and vocal about His love for the Lord. He was always wanting to know if “all you sinners are coming to Bible study today” with a wide grin on his face. This news was a big shock, and sad. Actually, I saw the ambulance taking him to the hospital, not knowing who it was, of course. I may have said a little prayer for God to be with the transported person, as I often do. But I don’t remember if I did. But even with the outcome, God was with Jim.
Thoughts of Jim were with me all during the song service. And he was so missed at Bible study that afternoon.
But after the study, I had the blessing of being able to spend some time with another gentleman – we’ll call him Dave. Dave has been pretty much confined to bed the last several weeks. I planned to go to his room and share a few of the Bible-study thoughts we had shared earlier. Much to my delight, he was sitting up in a wheelchair at a table in the lobby, having just returned from getting a haircut. It was such a joy to see him there. And he and I had a good time of sharing even if I myself of necessity did most of the talking. I know he understood what was said, and he responded outwardly a time or two.
So this was my Friday. A great sadness; and a joy. Blessed be the name of the Lord. God in His infinite wisdom called Jim home at the precise moment ordained for him before his birth. And God is leaving Dave here awhile longer, against odds it seems (Earthly odds). And even with Jim‘s passing, there is gladness in knowing where He is now – in Heaven, celebrating the Savior.
God is a God of change and yet stability. He is a God of variation and yet constancy. Our God has it all and plans each type of change and variation He allows on Earth. And no matter how many changes, even catastrophic and life-shaking, He is always the One True Constant. His faithfulness never changes, never goes away, never fails. Bless Your name, Lord, for blessing us with Yourself.
Lord, how we thank You that you are truly the God of everything. We praise you for the lives of men who love you, Lord, however long You designate their time on Earth. Help us to truly trust You with our elder citizens, and help them and their families to make the best plans possible for them while they remain under Your care on Earth, before you call them under Your care in Heaven.
Topics: Pray for the elder citizens that you know and praise God for their lives, especially if they are Christians. If they are not, pray for them to become followers of Christ!
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