Our Dad was sent to paradise,
a home that’s worry free.
His postage was a stamp of faith,
as arms reached out for Ralph.
His heart and soul were delivered,
to heaven’s pearly gates.
Received within eternity,
there’s no return address.
Four years ago this Christmas was a first Bible study with my father. We discussed Ecclesiastes, a book concerned with the purpose and value of human life. While admitting the existence of a divine plan, it considers such a plan to be hidden from man, who seeks happiness without ever finding it. Life, then, is an enigma beyond human ability to solve.
“He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men’s ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done. I recognized that there’s nothing better than to be glad and do well during life. For every man, moreover, to eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of all his labor is a gift of God. I recognized that whatever God does will endure forever; there is no adding to it, or taking from it. Thus has God done that he may be revered. What now is has already been; what is to be, already is; and God restores what would otherwise be displaced.”
Revisiting this text, just after my father’s passing, does make me reflect on the purpose and value of human life. This divine plan is, in fact, beyond my human ability to solve. What now is, has already been.
My heart is timeless. From beginning to end. My father was a gift from God.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks threw him to God the Father.
Accept God’s process, so the end result can be peace.
6/14/30 – 12/19/19
He that is of a merry heart,
Will have a continuous feast!
– Proverbs 15:15
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
– 2 Corinthians 13:11