...and this book, more than any of the others, hits home for me. Jack is sitting at the bedside of a loved one who is gravely ill. His heart is breaking as he keeps his vigil. This is a man of action, trained to save others, yet there is nothing he can do. He is impotent to help. So how does he fill the cold, dark hours?
He bows his head and whispers,
All my life You have been faithful.
All my life You have been so, so good.
With every breath that I am able,
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God (Bethel Music 2019)
What would prompt a man in his situation to rehearse God's faithfulness?
Why? Because Jack knows that in God's hands anything is possible and all things will work together for good. All things---including death. (And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.-Romans 8:28 NASB) He knows where his loved one's hope is anchored and even if the worst happens, he knows that this life won't end in a hospital bed. A short separation and they will see one another again---that is the hope of every believer. That is the difference in Jack's life between now and when his Ellie slipped away from him years before.
God willing, Jack...and I will sing of the goodness, and the faithfulness, of our Abba forever. No matter the circumstances.
And yes, I'm crying as I write this part of the book.
Sing with us,