Tag Archives: death

Ready to Suffer?

Father, what will this day hold? Only You know. The plan is getting things done here at home, lunch with Karen, have my phone checked out, and an 8-hour closing shift at Kohl’s before heading back home. Yes, that is the plan but only You know for sure and You know the particulars. Father, my day is Yours. May I be faithful and true to You in whatever circumstances I find myself. Amen.

1 Peter 4:1-3 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read this passage I have to honestly ask myself if I am “ready to suffer.” You suffered physical pain. The pain You suffered wasn’t punishment for wrongdoing – though that was the intent of the religious leaders of Your day. All of humanity was in debt to sin – we all owed but none, not one of us, could pay. The wages of our sin was death (Romans 6:23) – but You took on our debt and You paid it in full by Your suffering and death. When we accept Your gift of salvation that debt is eradicated and we are reconciled in our relationship with You.

You created us knowing You would have to suffer but in all honesty am I “ready to suffer” for You? I am no different than anyone else; I don’t seek out pain. If I have anything to say about it, I avoid pain and suffering. But just as truly, I believe I would take a bullet for a loved one, I would suffer for You, Lord. Because of all You’ve done for me, it’s the least I can do. Because You love me the way You do, I must stand for You. I pray for Your strength and wisdom and courage. Only You know the particulars of what my life holds. My life is Yours. May I be faithful and true to You in whatever circumstances I find myself. Amen.

Feb 1st, Wed, 6:14 am

Enslaved

Thank You, Father, for Your touch. Many times in life things in life can be difficult, painful even, but You make all the difference. Thank You for answered prayer. Thank You for Your love and concern. Amen

1 Peter 1:18-20 (<<click here)

“… God paid a ransom…”

At the very heart of it all, every single one of us – every man and woman ever to be born on this earth – all of us were enslaved from the moment of conception. We had no other alternative to the fact that sin was our master. In and of ourselves, we were powerless. We could not escape. And the wages of our sin is death (Romans 6:23).

Lord, You knew that when given the choice at the very beginning that the first man and woman – who were the only ones given a choice – You knew they would choose themselves over You. They chose sin over an intimate relationship with You. They chose instant gratification over eternal absolute satisfaction. And once that choice was made it could not be undone, not by them, not by any of their descendants throughout the course of time.

But You? You, Lord, made a choice. And that choice was made before any of the world came into being. Before the world was even created, You knew what would be chosen. We were not created as puppets or machines. We were given the power to choose. We could love you…or we could love ourselves.

And because You knew what our choice would be, You set things in place that could set us free from the bondage that was chosen. It looked like freedom but it was enslavement to sin, masquerading as freedom. And what we did, we then could not undo.

But You knew…and the only means of ransom from our bondage was set in motion from before the very beginning.

To be continued…

Nov 5th, Sat, 7:38 am

DEATH…It’s Not the End

Father, yesterday I came and sat with You but didn’t write.  I have done that many times before to pray or go over a sermon. But yesterday that wasn’t totally my mindset. I prayed some, but probably more before I got out of bed. I just couldn’t get motivated. Some days are tougher than others to get going. May I take advantage of the time we have – it is precious and well worth my investment.

Death…Lord, though followers of You realize it has no power over us – even though we celebrate the fact that it is but a threshold we must cross to eternal life with You – it is still something that brings us heartache and pain this side of eternity.

For those crossing over that threshold, the heartache and pain end with that final breath for those who love You. Instantaneously they are cut off from the frailties of these earthen vessels in which we spend our allotted time on this world of Your creation and they find themselves joyfully in Your presence.

Yes, their struggle is done…but ours continues. We cling to the indisputable truth of the circumstances in which we find ourselves…but we are left to pick up the pieces of our lives that are now not as whole as they once were.

Yes, Lord, we are left with a void. We must carry on, we must continue to move forward. And we will fill that void. Nothing can replace our loved one’s presence in our lives but we will fill the void. May we not fill it with bitterness and anger. May it not be full of depression and grief. It will be a gradual process but, Lord, I would pray that we would fill it with You. May Your living water flush out the bad and fill it with the holy. May the precious memories of our loved ones be enhanced by the hope we have in You. Help us to fully grasp the fact that this is not the end, but that it is just one more step to that great and glorious day when all those who have put their faith in You will be together for all eternity – no more pain, no more tears, no more separation. And most importantly together with You! Amen.

Oct 13th, Thurs, 6:25 am

“It Is Finished”

Father, as I continue to read through my prayer book quite often I have to re-read the previous days. My heart, soul, and mind have to marinate a bit. 🙂 Here is a portion from yesterday’s reading that has given me much cause to think:

O God the Holy Spirit…
Lead me to the cross…
Help me to find in [Christ’s] death the reality and
    immensity of his love.
Open for me the wondrous volumes of truth in his,
    ‘It is finished.’

Lord Jesus, that last line just catches me! I can think a little into it but I struggle to wrap my mind around it. It most certainly is not something I can do with little effort.

‘It is finished,’ of course are Your last recorded words prior to Your death on the cross. John 19:30

The most obvious question is what is finished? This is what comes to mind:

  • The task You had come to earth to accomplish – the giving of Yourself in a once-and-for-all payment for the sins of all of humanity.
  • Death- until Your return we have to experience it but it is defeated – it no longer has the final word – You do
  • Sin – again we must still contend with it every day of our lives but because of Your victory and because Your Holy Spirit lives within us, we can now defeat it in Your strength and power

…to be continued…

Aug 31st, Wed, 6:49 am

For Those Who Come Behind Us

What a privilege, Father, to come together with You. As I looked out the window this morning the fog is fairly thick and my mind doesn’t feel much different. Lack of sleep from sitting with the family of a dying man the night before last has impacted me…but them even more so. Father, may they feel Your presence as their grief weighs heavy upon them this day. May they find Your peace as we all cling to the certain hope of being reunited with him and all our loved ones who have gone before us into Your presence. Amen.

Lord, as I sit here rocking and praying, You bring to mind a question: What kind of legacy will we leave behind when we are gone?

Wayne left an exemplary one. He was faithful to You, he was a loving father and husband, he was a hardworking man of integrity, he was a devoted servant of the Church. He was no more perfect than any of us but in the almost 14 years I knew him, I really don’t recall anyone speaking ill of him.

Lord, when our lives are built on You – when You are our model to live our life in fulfilling Your will – when You are our model for life – others can look at us and be inspired to live likewise.

Once more, a wonderful song by Steve Green comes to mind…

Apr 29, Fri, 5:10 am

♪♫♪ Find Us Faithful ♫♪♫

We’re pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road
And those who’ve gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who’ve gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness
Passed on through godly lives

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we’ve left behind
May the clues that they discover
And the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them
To the road we each must find

[Repeat Chorus Twice]

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

Words and Music by Jon Mohr Copyright 1988 Birdwing Music/Jonathan Mark Music (admin. By The Sparrow Corp.) All Rights Reserved. International Copyright secured. – See more at: http://stevegreenministries.org/product/find-us-faithful-3/#sthash.MXePcPcX.dpuf