Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Precious in God's Eyes
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
The past few months my heart has been full with thoughts and prayers for my friend Donna...and another woman with cancer named Colleen.
Colleen has also gone to be with the LORD...Saturday. Donna...Monday.
I found Colleen's blog...homeschoolblogger.com/prayerbasket on Scraps of Glory's site. Colleen shares her journey of faith as she faces each day knowing she is going home to be with the LORD. I was so touched by her courage and her words of hope and faith. I've prayed fervently for her.
It is so wonderful to know that as you read of some one's faith in the LORD that that common bond of Christ brings them close to your heart as if you know them. For, yea..we know Christ!
How amazing it is...to know that one day... I will see Colleen and she will know me!
My heart is so very full as I think upon two women having been chosen to go home to Heaven, just days apart of one another! Two families showing the Grace of God in a very difficult time for them. Showing forth the praises of God in his good work in these two lives...oh what a witness!
The soberness it will bring to so many that take each day for granted. And then, those whose hearts will surely be touched in ways they've never known.
Her funeral is tomorrow morning. Donna's the same time...only Monday.
If you go to Scraps of Glory you can read a wonderful excerpt from Pilgrim's Progress in her post on Colleen's death.
And now...we recall the comforting scriptures. Our Faithful God gives us o'er and o'er. His promises never fail...and his mercies are new everyday.
But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
This is the day... I find comfort in my God...the God of all hope, mercy and loving kindness. His promises that give us peace and his blessed Word that gives us the understanding of His ways.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Praise God we can know!