It is hard to be here and receive updates of faithful men and women dying at home. Pillars in God’s kingdom have finished the course that was set before them. I just received news today of the death of Ray White. Many know of Ray’s blog, as he has received recognition for being America’s oldest blogger. He was 98 years old. I love to read his posts, because it is like a little bit of encouragement–a testimony, if you will– in each one. You can see what is truly important in Ray’s life.
Monday Ray posted his last post. Before I share it with you, I want to share another thought. I love reading the last words before someone’s death in the bible. The prayer of Jesus in the garden is oh-so-precious to see his love for others. I also love the words in 1 Kings when David is dying. It was the last advice that a father gave to his son.
1 Kings 2
2 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
3 And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself.
What good advice for us all! Of course David, as king, also continued to tell Solomon who he needed to show kindness to, and who he needed to deal with strongly…
Ray’s last blogging words have good advice for us all as well:
Let’s try to begin the week with God, and continue and end the week with him. This day of the week is my day. I love Mondays. It is a day that I am glad to get out of the house, and get my hands and clothes dirty.
We speak a lot about the clean, unspotted sheet that God gives us each morning. We need to do out best to keep it clean and white until the end of the week. And we can with God’s help and not in ourselves, and by the Grace of God, live a life that God will be pleased with. We should live this week for others.
Dad–the Tomato Man
Time is so precious–do not waste it living only yourself. Give a little of your(self) to others.
I encourage you to read other words of advice that Ray imparted–but the life that he lived was the greatest testimony of all. Again I am reminded of Psalms 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints…”
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