Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Fizzle

This is one of those days there's not much brainpower left of me to post.

It's been a tough 24 hours to be a Care Minister. A dearly loved woman who impacted many lost her battle with cancer. Two church members were admitted to (separate) hospitals. And an accident claimed the life of someone close to one of our youth.

How in the world do people cope without the hope that Christ brings? Especially in the case of our dear friend, while we all grieve the loss and ache for her husband and children, we smile as we picture her in the presence of the Savior she adored.

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. (I Thessalonians 4:13)

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15)

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:55-57)

I love the chorus from this song that we just don't hear much anymore:
But just think of stepping on shore--And finding it Heaven!
Of touching a hand--And finding it God's!
Of breathing new air--And finding it celestial!
Of waking up in glory--And finding it home!

(Finally Home by Don Wyrtzen), 1971

And this has been running through my mind a lot lately:
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my strength is gone
Still my soul will sing your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore!

(10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin, 2011)


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Cathy said...

Such wonderful words Linda. I'm so sorry it's been such a hard week, but I can tell from your words, you know exactly who to go to for comfort. May God continue to strengthen and comfort you and the families who have lost their loved ones.

sara said...

Sorry for your loss and all you've been dealing with. Praying for rest for you today and praying for the family of your friend. Love the words of those songs!!

Beth said...

Some weeks are just hard weeks, aren't they? One of our boys here at school lost a friend in an accident this week, too. Life is hard sometime. I am so glad we have a Comforter to turn to. Love those songs--now they are running through my head!