Living or dying - we praise Him!

The Lord gave me a unique gift for my 43rd year.

He had me sitting in the pew of a church for a funeral on Saturday
and enjoying the blessing of a birthday on Sunday.

Such a contrast in purpose, and yet there is great wisdom in it!

Remembering a life that is no more - while celebrating a life that continues to live on.

Life and Death.

We cannot change or avoid either,
and God determines both.

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, because death is the end of every man, and the living takes it to heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2

Rarely do we leave a party wondering if we should love better, set priorities in their proper order, or examine our hearts under the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit.

But it is virtually impossible to leave a funeral without thinking about our own lives ... how we live, what we count as most important, how we spend our free time, memories, regrets, broken relationships, disobedience to, or flat out rejection of, the Lord, or simply the futility of life in general.
Death forces us to THINK.
And often, we see something we do not like.
Which is exactly why it is BETTER to be in a house of mourning than a house of feasting - because we are still ALIVE and able to make a change. Large or small. Significant or not.
And the Lord is standing right beside us, waiting for us to hand over everything we have - everything we are - to HIM. Never asking us to do it alone. Never asking us to do it in our own strength.
Just mercifully, graciously, faithfully leading us to the place He wants us - and never once letting go in the process.

While living - we praise Him for all things, and in all things.
When dying - we do the same.

Let me live so I might praise You. Psalm 119:175

Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15