We’ve dealt with some heartbreaking losses over the weekend. A missionary’s father went to be with the Lord. A member of our church passed away Saturday. A pastor’s wife in our metro area went to be with the Lord on Sunday.

Now, I read Chuck Colson is near death’s door.

It seems to have come in a wave at this point in time. There is rejoicing over the promotion of dear people to heaven. There is the loss of family members and friends.

Facing mortality has come up close and personal this week, it seems.


Blessed Memory

The past few days have carried heavy news for those who are a part of our church. We lost a dear church member Saturday night in a battle to cancer. Earlier in the week, a missionary we support lost his father to disease. Word came tonight of a pastor’s wife who has passed on to glory. She had battled brain cancer. Her husband is left with 8 children.

A verse I reflect on in these times reads like this in the NIV:

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his faithful servants. (Ps. 116:15)

The Common English Bible is incredibly interesting and more significant for me tonight:

15 The death of the Lord’s faithful
is a costly loss in his eyes.

It feels costly this weekend.

We bless their memories, dear Lord.

Triumphs and Tragedies of Life

We live in such wild swings of life. This week we welcomed in new life. Our youth pastor had her new baby, and they named the newborn after one of the older saints in our church. It was such a tremendous tribute.

Then, we suffered the loss of a neighborhood boy. A 15 year old we watched grow up died tragically in an accident two days after we welcomed new life into the world.

This is life. We swing wildly between the triumphs and tragedies. Sometimes they all happen in a week or less.

These are the times we cling tightly to the Lord.

11 You teach me the way of life.
In your presence is total celebration.
Beautiful things are always
in your right hand.
(Psalm 16:11, CEB)