Monday, November 16, 2015

“Precious in the sight of the Lord...”

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

One year ago today, at 8:30am, my beloved husband passed away. He had reminded me many times, and especially during his final days, that he would be “absent from the body, and ... present with the Lord”. He was at peace with God’s plan for him. At the moment of Mac’s home going, I was reading the following verse in my Bible:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
—Joshua 1:9 (NASB)

Truly God has been a very real presence in my life this past year. He has comforted me, encouraged me, scolded me, uplifted me, taught me, and He has been with me through everything. Today I have a choice: I can spend the day in deep sadness arguing with God that He didn’t do as I wanted; or I can be thankful that God actually did answer Mac’s and my prayers—for our prayer was always for God’s perfect will in our lives. Today Mac is no longer in pain and he no longer suffers, instead he is enjoying eternity with his (and my) Savior—and I know that I will see him again some day; and so, today I am truly thankful.

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB)

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