that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.

…and some things make no sense at all.

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“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his GRACE, expressed by his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through FAITH – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:6-10

This was my morning devo today and it seemed fitting, now, for what the day held for me. My coworker succombed to his stomach cancer this past weekend. 5 weeks ago. He was diagnosed merely 5 weeks ago. And just like that, he’s gone. It is interesting watching my fellow comrades grieve. I don’t mean interesting like movie watching intrigue, but peculiar. He lived a full and rich and positively influential life; he was a Christian, and knowing that, makes the loss and true celebration for his life. This is apparent in the fellow believers’ eyes at my work. I ache for the angry and denying and bitter ones, those who seem to see the loss as a painful goodbye to a dear man… and not as a bright, shining greeting by our Maker. I mean, everyone grieves differently… I rank high in the denial category, and I like to be alone in doing so… but the loss is different for me.

So I ask you to pray, not only for his wife and children and all the others he called family. But pray for the hurt, the angry, the confused, the avoiding… so that in light of the very tragic of circumstance, God finds a way to make himself shine.

Then, the only tragedy would be in forgetting that this is all a part of God’s purpose for his life. For our lives. Today though, it just really hurts.

God speed. You’re all in my heart today (and always).

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…” Philippians 1:3

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