The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of May 26, 2015
1 Corinthians 12:25-26, “That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
Beloved, last week was a long bittersweet week. Bitter because it was painful to watch my Dad suffer the last month before his death. Parkinson’s disease had slowly taken away his ability to swallow and he wasted away. When he entered the facility that cared for him he weighed 156 pounds. By the time of his death his weight had dropped to 113 pounds. My friend Frank, who lost both his Dad and his wife’s Father in the past year through similar circumstances simply said, “I know.”
It was also bitter because there had been a schism in the family. The family was broken and bitterness was setting in. Thankfully, through your prayers and the grace of God, My Dad’s passing also brought sweetness to our family. My Dad’s passing away brought my family closer together than it had been in years. There was cooperation, there were times of prayer and there were lots of tears. One last thing that my Dad wanted was for the family to stop fighting and we did. So it was a bittersweet week.
Bitter is the pain that death brings but sweet is knowledge that for my Dad there is no more pain, nor suffering as he is with the Lord. His death on Tuesday, May 19th at 9:31pm was one of 180 deaths that hour. Beloved, 250,000 people die every day. Some go to heaven but many do not. Beloved, we need to be about our Father’s business!
My family and I want to thank you for your many prayers for us this past week. They were truly present during this difficult time. God’s grace was so evident that He even allowed me to get home in time to see my dad once last time before he passed away. It was almost as if he was holding on until I got to see him. We truly felt the body at work in us!
Beloved, I have much to share but that will come later, maybe even this weekend. Once again, thank for your prayers and for being the body that “cares for one another!”
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In His Strength,