I got word early this morning that Dad left this world for the next. My brother, one of my sisters and my mom were all with him.
Last week when I wrote my post “God is Good,” I had no idea that a few hours after it posted I’d hear that my dad was involved in a terrible accident.
At first we thought he might pull through. He looked good, especially in comparison to his car. Yet as piece of news followed piece of news, the hope of his recovery faded. There is only so much damage the human brain can take – and Dad’s took plenty. Yet he stuck around long enough for almost everyone to visit his bedside and pray, sing and say goodbye.
Thank you all for the prayers, the donations, the thoughts and the kind words. I will miss Dad terribly but I know he is with his Lord. And I stand by my post last Sunday. In all things, God is good, even when we do not understand why He has done something.
He sees all ends and has an infinite perspective. We can only see with our earthly and fallen eyes.
For us, losing Dad leaves a huge hole and we mourn him. Yet in the eternal perspective, Dad is in better shape than he has even been. He was a good and faithful servant and I know all is well with his soul. One day we shall meet again.
I pray you also are granted a place in the Book of Life. If you do not know the ultimate destination of your soul, call on the name of the Lord and ask that He reveal Himself to you. Jesus Christ has covered the debt of our own failings and sin, our secret deeds and our public actions, our pride and our depression, everything – it’s covered – all we need to do is accept his perfect life and sacrifice for us and call upon His name.
Each day takes us closer to the grave.
Are you ready?
And I give thanks for that more than anything else.
Love to you all and your families. Kiss your kids.
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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Deliver me from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will declare your name to my people;
in the assembly I will praise you.
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not despised or scorned
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lord will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the Lord
and he rules over the nations.
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!