Notable Deaths

By: Carole L. Haines 
 I saw this title for a news article flash onto my phone screen as I scrolled. This world tends to value the celebrity, the well-known, but everyone is known by God, and everyone is precious to Him. His call to us, as His people, is to value every person we encounter each day. The person tallying up our groceries, the heroes of the DMV. Our Precious and Heroic Veterans who keep this Country safe. This all brought to mind the following Scripture. 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones 
(Psalm 116:5) 
We are precious in the sight of the Lord. Every aspect of our lives is precious to Him, even our deaths.  Many Scriptures reveal the care and affection Our God demonstrates for us, His people.

  • He guards our feet, the steps we take (1 Samuel 2:9) 
  • The Lord preserves the faithful. (Psalm 31:23) 
  • The Lord does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever. (Psalm 37:28) 
  •  He gathers His godly ones to Himself. (Psalm 50:5) 
  • He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; (Psalm 85:8) 
  • He preserves the souls of His godly ones;  
    He delivers them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 97 (10) 
  • Every death is a notable death to the person who lost that loved one. And every death is notable to God. There are so many indications as to how much the Lord loves and cherishes His people. Jesus wept over the scene of suffering at Lazarus’ death, even though He knew He was going to raise him from the dead. (John 11:35) Jesus tells us about God’s care even for the sparrow, and how much more valuable we are than they are to Him. (Matthew 10:29-31) 

Even the people we pass going in and out of stores should be given a greeting, a smile and courtesy. I try to say hello and smile at each one. Some days I have rough bouts with depression and  when people smile, say “Hi!” or something like that for  me, it means the world on a day like that. We show how we value each other consciously or unconsciously with every encounter we have. God calls us to love one another.  
“Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9) 

Every life is endowed with inexpressible value by God; and yet God did express that value in human form, in Jesus, His Son. 
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.
(Romans 5:8)

Grace and Kindness is something I have learned through brokenness and the devastating losses of my own life. I have learned that we all have brokenness in our lives. We can harden ourselves against these, or allow ourselves to be molded by them into much more gracious, loving and compassionate people. We all miss our beloved ones who have passed on before us. And in so reflecting upon that loss, let us demonstrate the love of God to each other everyday, while we still have opportunity. I will close with this blessing from God’s Word.
 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
(Hebrews 10:23-25) 

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