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1 Corinthians 15:54-58 – When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)

In 2001 and 2010, I wrote about how God has shown me rainbows: Rainbows, Still Watching, and A Sense Of Wonder. I understand these to say, "I AM is with you. It's okay, son. I hear your heart." Thankfully, we see only a glimpse of God's kingdom moving here on earth, but oftentimes, there is more going on unseen.

Anyhow, on Friday, November 21st, 2014, I put my mother to rest at a small chapel where I gave glory to God for His mercy. She was 94 years old, and her body was worn out and past repair.

God was with us on Tuesday, November 4th, when I was called to hear that she would pass on that day. After I arrived and my daughter Hannah prayed, I had a picture of mum in her early thirties, smiling. Having prayed for her recovery, and seeing her recover enough to talk, pray, and smile, I later realized that it was time to let her go.

After some struggling, she passed on in Jesus' care on Friday, November 7th. As I walked away from the hospital, I looked back, and unexpectedly, there was one half of a full rainbow cut down the middle! It was a reminder of His promise that He would look after my parents, given when I was travelling home all those years ago, fulfilled by God now! God is faithful.

Cornelius, Jairus, the woman with haemorrhages, the nameless centurion, and others are demonstrations of Jesus' compassion and grace for people who are seekers for God — those who need Him to make a difference on their behalf somehow. Nothing has changed.

Jesus is still here to encourage, guide, and fortify those who are weak, especially in desperate situations (or "the God jobs" as I call them). Not automatically changing the external situation, He always meets us at our point of need with His acceptance, love, peace, grace, and compassion.

Prayer: Lord, thank You so much for answered prayers. Your timing is always perfect. We rejoice in those blessings, touches, and signs from You that encourage us to keep on keeping on, even when our heart is breaking, or our minds and bodies are encouraging us to give up. Lord, we lift to You our loved ones, relations, and friends who do not know You, or understand the enormity of Who You are and Your great love for them. Please touch their hearts today, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word Rod. Surely hits home. Hope you are enjoying a great year so far.

    Welcome back. So sorry for your loss.
    God’s blessings on you.

    Lovely devotional today Rod. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings on you and yours throughout 2015!

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing but what a comfort God was to you in your sorrow. Thinking of you and your family.

    Rod, I am warmed by your shared thoughts and experiences surrounding your mother’s passing. Your faith shines through beautifully – and that is very uplifting to me.

    Your message reminds me of my loved ones that are with God and to be ready when he calls. Bless all those who have lost loved ones in this world this week through senseless killing.

    Sorry for your loss, Rod, and thanks for sharing about the rainbow. God is so good to us isn’t He! May you know His peace and experience His very real Presence with you as you mourn the loss of your mother.

    Dear Rod,
    Your devotional touched my heart as it brought back memories of a similar experience when my mother passed away.
    So beautifully written and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

    I always appreciate your devotionals. As you wrote about the passing of your dear mother I was thinking of the death of my dear mother at the age of 95. She had loved Jesus devotedly and was such a blessing to her family. I join in praying for those who do not know Jesus for who He is.

    Thank you for the Inspiring message Rod.
    I agree, God always meets our needs. He certainly has in my life to which I give Him the glory.
    Keep writing.
    May God richly bless you this New Year.

    Dear Rod,
    How nice to hear from you! I hope you had a blessed Christmas season.
    Rainbows are a beautiful phenomena of nature that speak to us in special ways as when the Lord’s promise that His loving care would be over your parents. Thanks for sharing. And, Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Thank you for your message. It is good to hear from you again — like an old friend appearing! My husband died in 2013. His mind was still sharp, but his body was worn out. I give thanks to God for all the years we had on this earth, and know He still has us in His care. Love to you and your family,
    (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

    Hello Rod,
    Sad to hear of the loss of your dear mom. No more pain Rod, no more suffering for her. As Christian folk this is affirmed to us every day. We are never alone.
    Take care now.
    Happy, healthy 2015.

    Thank you for sharing about your mum, it surely has touched my heart deeply and reminds me of when I laid my mum and dad to rest many years ago and the great comfort Jesus gave to me then and still gives to me, even as I minister to people grieving the loss of their loved one’s.
    May God continue to comfort you with His grace and love.

    Hi Rod!
    I love the expression, “God job”.
    The longer I live, the more “God jobs” I see. With each year, I depend on HIM more as I recognize how many God jobs there are.
    I am so thankful that we can pray.
    I also give thanks that you saw your mother’s smile.

    Thank you for sharing through the devotional your loss of mother. Sad to hear!
    Bringing back the times I have stood at the open gravesides of loved ones.
    You are so right how God meets our needs and timely continues so.
    God’s comfort and compassion to you and yours!
    Your prayer fits my large family.

    Thank you for you devotional. My condolences in the lose of your mother, and while I didn’t know her situation or relationship with the Lord, I truly believe that all is well with her now.
    My dad also died last year although for him (and us) it truly was an answer to prayer, and he is okay now, safely with my mother in the Arms of Jesus. What hit me about your devotional was when you mentioned the rainbow.
    Shortly after my dad died I went to the minister’s office. It was kind of a dark dreary and rainy day, but as I left the facility where dad had been living, the sun came out and all the way on the drive to church an absolutely brilliant and complete rainbow led (or followed) the whole time. It reminded me of the promises of God. Being single I was now alone, but that rainbow reminded me to stand on the promises of God and know that I would be just fine and not alone ever. He will always be there, no matter what. I praise the Lord with all my heart and soul and mind.
    May His peace be with you as you and your family move on in life. God Bless.

    It was good to know that you are still writing your encouraging words (& prayers) for the Daily Devotional. I thought you had “retired” from this venue.
    My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at the loss of your Mother. You were blessed to have her with you for so many years. What wonderful, comforting memories you must have of her to comfort you.
    God bless,
    (Montreal, Canada)

    Dear Rod;
    Sorry to hear about your Mum’s passing; I still have to go through that. As I read your devotional, a silent tear ran down my cheek when I thought of how God, in His great mercy, showed you that rainbow just at the right time. We have an awesome God.

    This devotional is just right for where I am at right now. My best friend is very low with cancer and at 90+ I know that she is not going to recover. I must say it is all the harder because visitation is restricted, and I will not likely see her again before she goes ‘home’. But God is there and He is faithful and provides comfort to all who rest in Him.
    Thanks for this devotion which did just that when I needed it today.

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