It is with great difficulty that I sit here tonight just past midnight to compose this update. It has been a very long day and tomorrow looks to be the day that my dad will see His Savior. He is on complete life support at this time.
This morning, Mom, my wife Joanna, Julie and her husband Patrick and I were allowed by God to have a very special time of worship together. We wept, prayed, and read Scripture. The Lord ministered to our hearts and helped us to find the strength we need to face our greatest fears and come out victorious. God is good all the time and His grace is amazing.
We found great comfort in Psalm 71:17-21 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
My dad has been my best friend, so this is really tough. Though I grieve for our family, I do not weep at all for him. I am honestly ready for the celebration. Life begins with a celebration. We should also celebrate death. As a dear friend reminded me last night, “That is what we live for, isn’t it?” I am confident that my dad has finished his course. He has been a good man, but his true goodness stands completely in Christ, his redeemer. I like the way the ESV translates vv.20-21 above: You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. I think of the many troubles and calamities that dad has overcome. God will revive him again. This time it will be a complete healing.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:1-8
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
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. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 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. 16 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: 17 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. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Thank you all for your continued prayers. We would appreciate each of you holding us up before the throne of grace tomorrow morning.