A Worshipful Heart: the prayer of a dying man

A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.  A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.   A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.    ~Jesus

“Give me a worshipful heart”, he prayed.

Even as his breaths weakened, his spirit whispered praise.
Even as his body failed, he offered himself in worship.
Even as his mind struggled to keep events, dates, and linear reasoning intact (yes, he used the words “linear reasoning” in his last days), his heart remained steadfast.
Even as he languished with pain and discomfort, he spoke of the privilege of suffering if suffering for God.
This  intelligent, analytical, systematic, studious, loving and kind man, in the end, still offered heart and mind to his God.
The words of Paul to the Colossians became his dying anthem:

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,  of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,  the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

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3 thoughts on “A Worshipful Heart: the prayer of a dying man

  1. Beautiful! Praying that the God of all comfort is blessing you and your loved ones with his love, peace, strength, and comfort. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. love you….

  2. Patty, while reading this, I just happened to glance up at the url address in my browser window & was reminded that the name of your blog is ‘Flirting With Eternity’

    And now there is one whom you love with the kind of love that only daughters and fathers can relate to who is no longer flirty with eternity but has met the One who created him, the One who saved him, the One who began the process of making him like Christ and has now completed that work.

    All glory, honor and praise to the One in whom we live and move and have our being.

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