For the common, oft learned and memorized Lord’s Prayer, the words often roll off our tongues without a depth of thought that they deserve. The words from verse 10 have been percolating in my mind and heart this morning.
Without going into detail, we received one of those dreaded calls last night, a death in the family. For several weeks, all we’ve been able to muster in prayer is “Your will be done”. When someone’s slowly slipping away, and any survival seems more difficult than the alternative, you trust God to do His will. But do we truly contemplate what that means? Are we ready when God answers those prayers? When your head agrees, but your heart refuses? It becomes an exercise in faith, finding your footing on ground that doesn’t seem stable anymore.
It’s times like these that puts your faith to the grinding wheel, where you find, in your heart, what you essentially believe. And by ‘essentially’, I mean the crux, the heart of what you hold beyond your head and words of confession. You learn what your heart holds dear.
So, the next few days will be filled with meditations on this, on life, on suffering and loss. They will be filled with the comfort of family and tears as well. But with a deeply saddened rejoicing that our loved one no longer remains, confined to the earthly flesh of suffering. Now, though not what it should be, though better than in the flesh, he is, I trust, in the presence of the Father in Heaven. Thanks be to God.
Solo Deo Gloria,