Be Strong, Be Well — Tuesday, December 1, 2020
The words of this song by J.B.F. Wright have been lingering on my mind since the news of my father’s death came Sunday morning. My sister, brother and I have lost both of our parents this year.
We know we are not alone in our sorrow. Many folks have experienced death in their families over this past year. Our hearts go out to you all as we “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
Another song comes to mind, Blest be the Tie that Binds. One verse says,
“We share each other's woes, each other's burdens bear, and often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.”
The common lot of all human beings is, we’re born, we live, we die. The difference between us is whether or not we find Jesus Christ and take advantage of the gift of salvation He has provided for us.
My parents were both Christians. For this I am grateful. They obeyed the gospel long ago. Faithful children of God have a different outlook when it comes to death. It is a time to leave this old earth with all of its burdens and woes, and go on to be with the Lord.
Paul wrote, “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6–8).
As I travel down life's pathway,
Know not what the years may hold.
As I ponder, hopes grow fonder,
Precious memories flood my soul
Precious father, loving mother,
Glide across the lonely years.
And old homes scenes of my childhood
In fond memory appears.
Precious memories, how they linger
How they ever flood my soul.
In the stillness of the midnight,
Precious sacred scenes unfold. —Chris