Monday, July 25th, 2016
The already quiet, irregular breaths become more shallow and then the breaths were gone.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
I listen, even now, for the quiet, irregular breathing. I feel for the steady rhythm of a heart beat. It is present only in my memory, of course. But, it is present.
Ever so carefully now. Now I hear.
Not for the breaths of old, but breaths refreshed and new.
For what am I listening? What do I hear? Well, as Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief says, "When death has a story to tell, you listen." I agree, you should and I did. I am. But, it's more than death's story. Death is not the end. Don't believe me? :-) Will you read along as I share?
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
I attended a dedication for the daughter of a very dear sister-friend and her husband. The sermon preached at the church service that day was on the protective will of God versus the permissive will of God.
The pastor began to read from, and discuss the book of Job. Death and life. Most are familiar with the basics of the story of Job, so for the sake of time I will push forward.
Pain and suffering. Life and death. Job, his friends, me, you. We ask why. We all wonder why. The answer is the beginning.
See, God has placed His protective will over the lives of His children because He loves us, but because we have chosen free will the shield is not impenetrable. When bad things, sad things, tough things happen we often get upset with God. We focus on this one piece and not all the other places God has kept us from hurt, harm, or danger.
So, at times god exercises His permissive will. Some tough love shall we say. God exercises His permissive will for several reasons:
1) To remind us of His sovereignty
2) To have witnesses to testify of His love and sovereignty
3) To develop character and strength in the vessels He would use to advance the kingdom
Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us by faith into this experience of God's grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God's glory! We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God's approval. and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift to us.
Romans 5: 1 - 5 GNT
On this day, I was listening but did not hear. As I look at this photograph now I see what I could not know. I see and I feel and I hear the sounds of death rolling in.
Mother of 2
4 months pregnant
But God is life. He is always life. God is love. Amazing, wonderful, unfailing, unending love. Death is never the end for those who believe.
And my friends, death is not the end here.
Will you read along as I share?