Mom, my sisters, and I waited by Dads bed as his breaths became shallower and less and less frequentuntil they were no more. Dad was a few days shy of eighty-nine when he slipped quietly into the life beyond where God awaited him. His departure left us with a void where he once resided and only memories and mementos to remind us of him. Yet we have the hope that one day well be reunited.
We have that hope because we believe Dad is with God, who knows and loves him. When Dad breathed his first breath, God was there breathing breath into his lungs (Isaiah 42:5). Yet even before his first and with every breath in between, God was intimately involved in each detail of Dads life, just as He is in yours and mine. It was God who wonderfully designed and knit him together in the womb (Psalm 139:1314). And when Dad breathed his last breath, Gods Spirit was there, holding him in love and carrying him to be with Him (vv. 710).
The same is true for all of Gods children. Every moment of our brief life on earth is known by Him (vv. 14). Were precious to Him. With each day remaining and in anticipation of the life beyond, lets join with everything that has breath to praise Him. Praise the Lord! (150:6).