August 15, 2022     7:38 am
363. Week of Twenty Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
You shall rest, and stand in your lot at the end of the days.
          You shall rest, and stand in your lot at the end of the days.   Daniel 12:13
          Thus spoke the Lord to the Prophet Daniel through the heavenly messenger. Thus the Lord says to every one of His children. Thus the Lord speaks of our death. What therefore, is the death of God's children? It is rest, sweet, peaceful, blissful rest, which is but faintly foreshadowed by the rest we enjoy when sleeping, though it be ever so sweet and peaceful a rest. When we are dead, we rest; our body rests and our soul rests. The soul rests in the arms of Jesus, and no torment shall touch it. The body rests in the earth in God's keeping. No man can call us, no human voice can wake us, no man can disturb our rest. Nothing, nothing at all, can disquiet us. In this world, in this life, alas! no rest can be found. But for God's children death means rest. While resting in death, we shall know nothing of this world, nothing of this present time. When resting peacefully in this life, we know nothing of what is going on in this world; hours of world-forgetfulness then pass as in the twinkling of an eye. However, this but faintly foreshadows that perfect rest in death where we shall be entirely removed from this world and time. That rest will be like a brief blissful moment. And then we shall rise. We shall rise and stand at the end of days. The Saviour will wake us. But we shall not rise, the Saviour will not wake us, for renewed unrest. O no! We shall stand "in our lot." What is our lot? Eternal life. Oh, with what youthful vigour, with what cheer, and our soul full of bliss shall we stand in our lot at the end of the days, in eternal life! We shall rise to fullness of life, to an overflowing fullness of life, to an ever new and eternal abundance of life. But this, too, will be perfect and joyful rest.
          PRAYER: - O God, how my flesh dreads death! But how eagerly my spirit longs for that sweet rest which You will give to me in death for Christ's sake! Oh, my Father, keep me, Your child, in true faith, that I may go to sleep in You; and then let me rise with new vigour and cheer in my lot which You will graciously give me. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     7:38 am