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    Every life is prescious to God

    July 10, 2020
    I was a little sad this week. I received the news that an elderly couple in my home county of Prince Edward passed on to be fully with God. As happens with some senior couples, they passed within three days of each other. For the first thirteen years of my life they (along with their family of six children) were our next-door neighbours, co-farmers working side by side on shared tasks and great friends for my parents.Sometimes after a passing, people will quote Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” It is a verse that can be misunderstood, as if God is somehow pleased with someone’s passing. Especially, if you read the whole poem as one piece you see that God’s interest is in life and the saving of life. In fact, ‘praise for the deliverance from death’ is the main theme of the psalm. So what’s verse 15 communicating? An alternative way to translate the verse might be “Costly in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” The New Living Translation tries to communicate the underlying meaning by put-ting it this way “The LORD cares deeply when his loved ones die.” Every life is precious to God, even costly and God is interested in preserving and affirming life. In fact, God offered the costly and expensive gift of his Son in order to overcome death, the enemy of life. Even though my former neighbours had lived a long life, I think it was alright for me to be a little sad. “The LORD cares deeply when his loved ones die.”  -EGN

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