Tuesday December 11, 2007
The Lord has blessed us with a child, and the Lord has blessed the child in summoning him to His side. It is trustworthy, to live is Christ and to die is gain! (Philippians 1:21)
Rebecca is around 14 weeks along in her pregnancy, and this weekend she was seeing signs of a possible miscarriage. Sunday we were in the ER and the ultrasound confirmed that all the days that the Lord had written in His book, before a one of them came to be, (Psalm 139:16) had been completed for this child. Today the child is with the Lord, because of Christ.
The Lord has been full of tender grace and mercy to us in this awful severance. I praise God that He stands as The Sovereign over all afflictions (Psalm 119:65-96). I praise God for His Son who upholds the universe by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3); who is our great High Priest and knows our every suffering because He shared in the flesh that we know so well (Hebrews 2); who has put death to death and stands this day as its Master (Hebrews 2:14); in whom there is eternal life for all whom the Father gives Him (John 17:2); and who weeps with those who weep (John 11:35-36, Romans 12:15). I praise God for the Holy Spirit who is the great Helper, the one who intercedes for us with groanings (Romans 8:26). I praise God for His Word, which is the sure source for us to grow in understanding the truth, wisdom, and love of God in every blessing and affliction (Psalm 119). All things do truly work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
I name this child Lazarus Victor Harms.
Lazarus - as he has been called forth from the dark secrets of the womb into the radiant light of the face of Christ! When Christ says, come forth! there is nothing and no one who can subvert or hinder His effective, life-giving decree.
Victor - as he has finished his race! He is enjoying The Prize! He is with The End!
And so, in faith in Christ, we enjoy what Christ enjoys as He rules the universe in purest wisdom, ordaining the days of every man. And, in faith in Christ, we weep as we experience the ministry of death the necessary result and wage of mans falling short of the glory of God. Death serves us as it renders useless and frees us from the sinful, mortal flesh, while God clothes us with Christs righteousness and immortal body.
Sure, a severance comes with pain
But limbs are never lopped in vain.
Look round the garden while you cry
And trust the Pruners shaping eye.
But cry to God, He gave us tears
To float to Him unknowns and fears.
A tear, in faith, will prism be,
To color what you could not see.
For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lords. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living (Romans 14:7-9).
Looking to Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the (my) cross.
Jason, for all the Harms.
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