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You ever wonder why your were born? or What is your purpose for being here?

In the month of December I went to three funerals. First my mother’s sister – my aunt.  The next day I performed the funeral for my own Father. Two weeks later I was back in the same funeral home performing the funeral service for one of my brothers. Two of the scriptures I shared at the funerals were in Ecclesiastes:

Ecc 7:2 NLT – Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies–so the living should take this to heart.
Ecc 7:3 NLT – Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.

I agree with Solomon. Going to funerals isn’t fun.  But going to funerals makes you think and ponder the reason you are alive and why you are here. It makes you want to be sure you are “right with God”.  Even as a minister, I could see how attending three funerals in one month had an impact on me. Made me think. Made me consider how temporary I am. Made me ponder what is really important.  I’m still pondering those issues.  In fact, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about these things.   I turned to Psalms and began reading.  I found the last two verse of Psalms 138 inspiring:

Psa 138:7 NLT – Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.
Psa 138:8 NLT – The LORD will work out his plans for my life–for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

 I found it encouraging that no matter what the problems we find ourselves dealing with, our loving heavenly Father is there to help us.  And that HE has a plan for ME. Even if I sometimes forget that.  I’m glad He is faithful to His plan and His word. I’m glad He made me and won’t abandon me… because He has an AWESOME plan FOR ME that He is determined to complete!

If you want more information on His plan for you and all mankind. Click on the Why Were You Born? booklet image to the right.  It’s free.  

Daniel Deininger
United Church of God Pastor serving in Montana

 

 

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