8 Replies to “Dear God Can I Pay”

  1. My Grateful Living friend,
    Whilst I was contemplating your communication, my thoughts were like squirrels going in different directions.

    One, which I just can’t seem to catch, is why Christians(?) seem to have a fear of dying since it’s the only way to get to Heaven, unless the Rapture happens first but I’m not gonna hang my hat on that happening before my Best Before date eh.

    And another is what the missionary Jim Elliott is quoted as saying sometime before he died at the tip of a spear in the Ecuador jungle, “That man/woman is no fool that gives what they cannot keep, to gain what they cannot lose.” So there’s something to think about.

    The 3rd squirrel led me to Yogi Berra who I’ll misquote by saying , “Why should I go to other people’s funerals? They’re not going to come to mine.”

    Until next time, I’ll be takin’ care of business and workin’ overtime …

    1. I remember well both quotes here.. I’d add Woody Allen .. ‘its not that I’m afraid to die.. I just don’t wanna be there when it happens!
      I also remember where I was standing when I understood that everybody dies.. my living room at maybe 5 years old. I never got over it.
      my folks were in ministry.. but on their death beds they weren’t preachin or sayin great words we could quote later
      . both were very quiet.

      1. Brother Bryan,

        I’m praying sweet words of comfort rooted in our blessed assurance that Jesus loved (still loves) us with His life just as your parents loved Him with their lives.

        Maybe I’m amazed and maybe I’m just a lonely man in the middle of something that he really doesn’t understand …

        Philippians 4:4-14 is for us when we feel forlorn.

        When sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul …

  2. While I was helping my mother-in-law with her Christmas cards, when she was in pain, she would quote verses and the last she would quote was Psalm 23. That seemed to calm her down and ease her pain some. After Dan’s brother, sister and we went home, we realized that she was alone for a few days and we were getting ready to go to Hawaii. We got a call around midnight or 1:00 saying that she had called to get herself to the hospital because she was in so much pain and couldn’t stand it anymore. So we postponed our trip even though she told Dan’s sister to tell us, “Tell Dan and Robbin to go on their trip to Hawaii.” We would not have had fun because we would be worrying about her. So Dan drove up at 2:00 a.m. During that time January 1st, throughout the day until she finally went to sleep, she was quoting verses and Psalm 23. She said she was ready. And God took her home.

    When her mom was on her deathbed, my mother-in-law wrote down the last words she was saying. It ended up being a prayer for her family and the world.
    Sometimes we can get last words from our loved ones, and sometimes they’re silent. Maybe in their silence, Your parents were just waiting to go home.

    Thanks for another great prayer.

    1. interesting my wife and I were going to go to Hawaii for our 10th anniversary when my best friend died.. we never went either. I hope I have the presence of mind to be thinking of others before I go..thanks for sharing

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