Monday, July 13, 2020

Unless a seed falls to the ground

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Psalm 116:15)  This past weekend we were a part of the sorrow and joy of seeing one dear to the Lord go home.  There is an awesome-ness about this time, a special presence of God to comfort, to renew our tenderness of love, and to encourage each other.  The family invited me to share a key Scripture in their lives, Psalm 1, since turning from the world and choosing to meditate on the Word was the transforming strength of this man's life.  So with your permission I would like to use this post to reflect on the message God gave me to share. 

Good Morning.

It is my privilege to read Psalm 1, a key Scripture In Don’s life.    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.  Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Let me start by saying the truth, in spite of all the good things that I or others could say about Don, he was not perfect.  He would be the first to tell you that Jesus, through His death and resurrection, forgave him and made him a new creation.  God clearly worked in and through him to touch others, so may the Lord be glorified in all that is shared today. 

1)  Dee and I and our family wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the love and support of Don and Carol Dejno. We thank God for you and your faith in us.  Many of you here today probably would say the same, you wouldn't be where you are if it weren't for Don.  Would you join me in saying, "Thank you Jesus for this man."

2) Don is a testimony to what God does when someone believes the Word of God.  When he first started the trucking business, he would spend long hours on the road reflecting on the principles of Proverbs, trusting that God honors those who seek to practice His wisdom.  He was a man of the Word.

3) Knowing Don’s heart, He surely agrees with the word in 3 John, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.  So children, grandchildren, and all you who love him, you honor Don when you choose to walk in the truth. 

4) Lastly, I know a little about heaven and being in the presence of God. A 23-year old man from Atlanta died last year, and on coming back was asked what it was like to be in the Lord's presence.  God's perfect love was so overwhelming and beyond words, all he could say to describe it was that everything in him was "satisfied."  Don, at this moment, is in the glorious presence of God and every thought, emotion, and desire is completely satisfied.  Don, will be the first cheerleader to rejoice with you and me, and welcome us home when our life here is complete.  Nothing will replace the joy of being together again in God’s presence forever!

So let's pray, "Holy Spirit, would You move on every heart and open our eyes to see Jesus, and to know the joy set before us, so each one will faithfully walk in His ways until we are safely home.   As we have been blessed by what You did in and through Don, would you give me (us) a double portion, so You can carry on the good work that You have begun in building Your kingdom.  Praise God forever! 

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