Psalm 116. Wasn’t on yesterday’s reading plan, but it was the psalm of the day. I prayed it over a daughter of the King last night shortly before she went home to be with her Savior. And, like the songwriter, I too declare,

I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.

(Psalm 116:1 ESV)

After almost two weeks of keeping vigil as Sue’s fearfully and wonderfully made body underwent an orderly and peaceful shutdown of all it’s God created systems, our family was able to give a final kiss and say to a beloved wife and mother, “See you later. We’ll miss you so much!”

Someone’s eyes were always on Sue. She was rarely left alone and even then but for a few minutes. We watched and wept. We remembered and rejoiced. We said goodbye and we gave God thanks for such a precious gift and wonderful love.

But we weren’t the only ones with eyes on Sue.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.

(Psalm 116:15 ESV)

Not gonna romanticize death. It’s not precious. It’s a symptom of the brokenness and separation that has entered our world because of man’s sin and rebellion against God. But death has lost it’s sting and is a defeated foe. Now serving as but a transport for those who have trusted in the shed blood of Jesus to atone for their sin and to restore the hope of eternal life for which they were created.

But His saints are precious. Precious in the sight of the LORD are His saints. Highly valued in His eyes are those owned as His people. Prized are those purchased by the blood of His Son. Splendid are those who have heard the Shepherd’s voice and responded, “Yes, Lord!”

His saints are precious in His sight. In life and in death. During the days of seeking first the kingdom, and during the days of preparing to go home. During the days of seeking, by His grace, to serve Him faithfully, and during the days of surrendering, by His grace, our souls trustingly.

Every day He has numbered. Every day comes with the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Every day He sees from heaven. And every day, especially those days when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He doesn’t let us out of His sight.

More than just some pie-in-the-sky, sweet-by-and-by sentiment. It is the sure hope of the believer.

And so, amidst sorrow there is joy. Weeping is accompanied by wonder. With the separation comes the anticipation. And, the grief is cloaked in gratitude.

What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD . . I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.

(Psalm 116:12-13, 17 ESV)

Though last night was painful, still it was precious.

Because of grace. For His glory.

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10 Responses to Precious

  1. Pam King says:

    Thanks for this beautiful word from the Lord. God is good. His mercy and love will surely see you and your girls through some hard days ahead. God blessed us when He gave us you and your family.

  2. Trish Zoccola says:

    Beautifully written, Pete. And uplifting too. Thanks for including the Scripture verses – really needed to read that today and be reminded of God’s perspective of death and His love for the saints. God gives and He takes away, and then He gives again and again. Praying that you will receive a fullness of His giving soon – in new and fresh ways… to you and your precious daughters. Thanks for being a servant and leader in our community Pete.

  3. Elena Lindell says:

    Oh Pete and family, God has his arms wrapped around you all. I am so sorry. Continued prayers for all of you. ❤️

  4. Oliver Jones says:

    Sorrow and joy really do flow mingled together on occasions like this. We grieve because we won’t see Sue again on this earth but we rejoice because of the hope we have in Christ; death has no sting because we know that we have a future with the Lord and all those that know him.
    Thanks for passing on your news and for your thoughtful reflections, Pete.
    You and your family are in our prayers.

  5. Dennis and Darcey Simmons says:

    Our beloved Corak’s — Oh how we weep with you. May God hold you close and remind you often that God’s love and God’s divine creation of suffering are carefully woven by Him so your heartache is for a greater purpose; the glory of God and greater experience of His immeasurable love.

    We pray you continue to see His Glory and feel His Love as you remember Sue’s life and the sweet legacy she leaves in each one of you as she lived to increase the population in Heaven.
    Love to you all, The Simmons

  6. Diana Baker says:

    We were saddened to hear of Sue’s homegoing, though far better for her, a great loss for you and the family. Sue was a great encouragement and blessing to me, the few times I had the privilege to spend with her. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Dave and Dians.

  7. Ron Sallee says:

    Thank you. Bless you.. and your family. Jesus is all our hope and stay. He is the resurrection and the life.

  8. Laury says:

    Much love and prayers for you dear brother and your beautiful daughters. Ken and I have watched you and Sue – generally from afar – and been filled with awe at how our precious Lord has led and guided you two. There has been great joy in your journey and to see that reflected here in this difficult parting brings tears of sadness and joy… comfort one another ❤ Blessings

  9. Steve E. says:

    Pete, with all your girls coming home to say their farewells to such a great mother, thoughts ran to the moving scene at the end of the book of Genesis where Jacob gave his final blessings to his twelve sons. No doubt Sue had something special to say to each of the girls. Her best message was, of course, her example. Her partnership with you created what one on my girls called “the model Christian home.” Her legacy will be the Christian homes that bring up your grandchildren and continue the tradition.

  10. Bill and Sandi Hooper says:

    We will pray for God to comfort you in your loss that was most certainly heavens gain. Sue is no longer suffering and in a while you will be reunited in His presence. Sandi and I miss your fellowship. Time goes by so quickly. God bless your family. Bill and Sandi Hooper.

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