The news of the sudden death of one of our church members dominated the discussions yesterday. It overshadowed the worship service and the congregational meeting that followed.
Social media has been a great venue, especially for friends, to exchange memories and pay tribute to this 38 year old young man. The sadness is overwhelming. And I am only someone looking in from the outside…
In the midst of life we are forced to pause and think about death, about the end of our own lives.
King David paused and faced these questions as well.
He prayed in Psalm 39:
“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you…
Hear my prayer, O LORD! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest – a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me.”
Psalm 39:4-7, 12
King David is putting things in perspective. He is making it clear where his priorities lie. We, too, have to come to the point where we acknowledge:
“My only hope is in you.”
Whatever I’m facing here, it’s temporary. I am God’s “guest -a traveler passing through.” Though the pain might be overwhelming, and questions are right there, front and center, we can know, we will see this young man again. His testimony of faith is expressed in many comments.
As I was reading a tribute a friend had written, I came across this song by Mercy Me. I think it is a beautiful picture of what happens when “The Hurt and the Healer” collide. Please click on the link and listen to the song.
This is my Monday’s Prayer today for all who are grieving the loss of this special young man:
“Jesus, come and break our fears,
wake our hearts and take our tears,
find Your glory even here when the hurt and the Healer collide.”*
Father God, may your presence,
your love and your peace comfort all who mourn.
Give us all hope, a hope that overpowers the pain.
“I pray that God, the source of hope,
will fill you completely with joy and peace, because you trust in Him.”**
I pray for this confident hope to flow from those who believe in You, God.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen
* From the lyrics “The Hurt and the Healer” by Mercy Me
** Romans 15:13