“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises…” (2 Peter 1:4).
My writing may be a little sparse this week. Monday and Tuesday my son and I drove 1600 miles from Grand Junction, CO to San Antonio, TX. My wife, Kathy, had already been there for three weeks. We went to visit her Dad and Mom who live in the Air Force Retirement Village. Kathy’s Dad has been battling cancer for several years and these past few months has had bouts with pneumonia also. Wednesday morning her Dad passed away.
My son and I got to talk with him Tuesday evening. Then we spent most of the night sitting with him along with Kathy’s mom and sister. We prayed and sang hymns. He was resting peacefully for a change. We talked and laughed and cried. We left the room for just a few minutes to get breakfast and when we returned, he was gone.
This morning I read from Psalm 116. Some of the promises from the Lord that stood out to me are:
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. (Psa 116:5 NKJV)
Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. (Psa 116:7-8 NKJV)
Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints. (Psa 116:15 NKJV)
O LORD, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. (Psa 116:16 NKJV)
I have found all these promises to be true and precious in our time of distress. As the rest of the family arrives over the next few days, and as we prepare for the funeral services on Monday, I pray that God will remind us of these promises daily. I pray that His love will enfold our hearts, His peace will guard our minds, His hope will encourage our souls.
Thank you for your prayers also.