Darkness before dawn…

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Moon with Venus & Jupiter (July 14, 2012)

Scripture: Psalm 30:5 For (God’s) anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Observation: The description of Psalm 30 says “Thanksgiving for recovery from grave illness”. Hard times are… hard. Everyone has them, there are no exceptions. Even David, God’s favored one, went through seasons of difficulty and heartbreak. The imagery of struggle as “the night” and joy “the morning” might lead us to believe hard times only last a few hours, but we know that’s not true.

Application: Psalm 30:4 “For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.” However long hardships last, even if they last an entire lifetime, are brief in the scope of eternity. I’m trying to remember that this morning.

My step-father is in rapidly declining health. He has a degenerative muscular disease that has been wearing him down for several years now. I’m not sure how long it will continue, but the notion of sorrows lingering only “for the night” seems like a cruel joke. It’s a hard thing to witness, particularly when I remember him as such a strong, vibrant man in my youth.

That said, I know there is joy awaiting him in the next life with the Lord Jesus. He will no longer be in pain. He’ll no longer suffer. He will be restored. For eternity. “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

Prayer: Lord give us strength to endure the lingering night of suffering that we might see the dawn. Amen.

One thought on “Darkness before dawn…

  1. Laura Butzow

    My dear friend Bill Hall was laid to rest yesterday, 2/23, at DFW National Cemetery with US Air Force honor guard, gun salute and taps played. He had been in frail health for years and it was so hard seeing him declining these past few months, especially when his mind became confused and he had to have nursing care 24/7. He had gotten his wish to get out of the hospital and was transferred into hospice care at home on Monday, wanting so badly to go home. The last words I heard him speak were “my baby” that Monday night when I took his beloved dog Sophie to see him (she had jumped up onto the bed and woke him up, licking his face, and then he fell back asleep.) He never woke up again after that and passed away early Thursday morning on the 16th.

    Bill was a kind, polite, sweet, soft-spoken soul. He did not drink or cuss. He loved Braum’s strawberry milk shakes and watching old western shows and the Dallas Cowboys on his big screen TV. He liked to share stories about his life, and he loved his precious little dog. I am privileged to have called him friend and will continue to care for his dog Sophie as Bill had requested. I will miss him but I know he no longer suffers and has gone home to “Beulah Land” to be with Jesus. That gives me great comfort in my sorrow. Be at peace, dear Bill.

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