I've been thinking a lot about death lately; those final moments. What will it be like to face that final moment in this physical life?
I find myself confronting the potential loss of a loved one or the pain of knowing I leave them to grieve in my absence. In my imaginings, I can both see and feel this moment with startling vivacity.
Perhaps it is the extent of death I've seen or head of lately or the loved ones left behind that I find myself praying for or ministering to.
Whatever it is, that which I used to view as far off has suddenly came near for me. I find myself reflective, contemplative.
I am urged to pray more earnestly and passionately for those affected by death and separation. I find a deep welling of passion, comfort, and love for those affected by death.
But, Abba, any comfort I can provide is temporary, short lived, ineffectual. I feel inadequate to provide any lasting encouragement. They need more. They need you. So the prayer of my heart today is that you wou ld comfort, protect, encourage, and surround them with your peace. Grant the true healing and give the true hope that only comes from the true and divine creator.
Thank you for doing a far better job at comforting and strengthening them than I ever could. Thank you for loving and caring far better than I, a mere mortal. Thank you for always seeing, even when the pain is hidden and secret and for being there for them by your infinite grace.
Thank you for the future promise of deliverance from death; for the promise that it will not always affect us.
May your presence and care ever and always sustain us through the grief of death and the separation until we stand before you ever more free of it.
We love you, Abba!