Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Life Is A Vapor

James 4:14
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

My 81 year old grandfather passed away last Thursday 4/10. He had been in the hospital for the past 2 months with water on the lungs, a painful fractured back, and pacemaker replacement surgeries . His body was giving up and he wasn't happy there confined in the hospital room unable to do anything. He loved the Lord, was faithfully committed in service to his church, and was on his knees in prayer for his family each night. I am not sure if he ever delved into the doctrines that I often discuss here, I'm not sure where he stood on each point of tulip, but I know that he loved the Lord til the end, wore out his bible along the way, and left a big impact on my family and his friends, always showing forth the fruits of the Spirit.

My prayer has been that my family would take a serious look at our lives and what we are living for. Are we ready to come before God? Will He be impressed with our shell collection?


Lane Chaplin said...

Philip, you're in my prayers. I had an aunt that died recently because of old age, too. She was bedridden for years and often told my dad that she knew she wasn't truly living when he went to see her. She loved the Lord although I'm pretty sure she wasn't a Calvinist. It just goes to show that one is justified by faith in Christ alone and not agreement with the 5 points necessarily. Your family is in my prayers, too. Take care.

Jon said...

Philip, you and your family are in my prayers. God bless.

Philip@ReformedVoices said...

Thank you Lane and Jon (and the others that may post after this) for your prayers for my family.

JM Vergara said...

How much have I prayed the prayer you have mentioned. Just in the past year my family experienced 4 deaths, relatives of ours specifically. The last one was tremendously close to us, my 12 year old cousin.

I reflected very much on what's written on Leonard Ravenhill's epitaph, "Is what you're living for worth Christ dying for?"

You and your family are in my prayers as well.