Friday, September 12, 2008

Where Do We Go From Here?

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18. ESV.)

“Heal the hearts of these parents, Lord, as they mourn the loss of their little one. Turn their sorrow to joy as they accept the truth that their little one is safely in Your arms – now and forevermore. Give them a renewed awareness of Your great plan and purpose for every life You have allowed to be conceived. Give them a renewed hope of heaven and a renewed reliance upon Your Word and Your presence with us at all times, in all situations, and even now in their sorrow.” (MacArthur, John. Safe in the Arms of God: truth from heaven about the death of a child. p. 171. © 2003 by John MacArthur.)

We will never forget Seth or all that he taught us. He has a very special place in our hearts and now it is time to take what we have learned and pursue it even further. Every thought and every emotion has its purpose just as Seth did in each one of our lives. His presence and struggles touched each one of us on a different level and we cannot wake up tomorrow and dismiss it or push it aside only to return to a point or place that never knew Seth. Temptation might try to take some of us there. “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:14-16. ESV.)

Seth pushed me to share with others and welcome them into my own life. I will continue on that walk with Christ…I will keep on learning, go on sharing, and carry on encouraging others on their own path. Each of us is different and that is okay. (Romans 12:4-8, 1 Peter 4:8-11.) All of us have our own part to play, our own purpose in a large painting. We are each a dab of paint on a great canvas unable to see past our own section of the background but the complete picture is beautiful! It is a radiant exaltation of God! Jonathan Edwards once stated, “The great end of God’s works, which is so variously expressed in Scripture, is indeed but one; and this one end is most properly and comprehensively called, the glory of God.”

May I encourage you to enter God’s word each and every day to further what has been made known in your heart, (2 Peter 2:2-3) for temptation and sin are great in this world. “And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:19-21. ESV.)

“May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 2. ESV.)

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