In thanking God for what He provided this week past, He showed me – at the airport – a concrete reason we could enjoy our children and their children, a place to worship and hear the Gospel of Grace, and sleep in peace. The reason? Soldiers.
They face head on what is always lurking around the corners of my life – death. Many young people – and not so young as well – dressed in fatigues – coming from or going to battles I could never fight; battles that mean I can live in peace.
This peace that God has enabled is not only for my pleasure – it is an opportunity. How well will I use it, knowing its cost to my fellow citizens and the Lord Jesus Christ?
While I can, let me learn, live and love because You, Lord loved me first. And You have given me a hope and a future.
Come and listen, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and heard my voice in prayer.
Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!
. . . My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds. (Psalm 73:26-28)
. . . I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
The LORD has chastened me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.