Lord, last night I was lying in bed about to go to sleep, and for some reason it came to mind the prayer I was taught to pray when I was a little boy. I used to pray "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep; if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."
I remember praying that prayer as a child and sometimes thinking to myself "What if I die before I wake?". That was a scary thought of closing my eyes for the last time and not waking up. But Father, I thank You that You gave me parents who taught me to believe in You and to pray to You. I do remember thinking that if I did die, it would be ok because I knew You would take me.
Now Lord that I am grown and saved, the truth behind that prayer still comforts me. As sad of a thought it is, the truth remains that one day I will actually close my eyes to never open them again. I pray Lord that it will be as peaceful as going to sleep. But however it happens, it is sure to happen.
Over my life, I have comforted grieving families, and I have also been a part of the grieving family needing the comfort. One day Lord it will be my family who will need comforting for me. I won't need it, not only because I won't be here to receive it, but really because I already have my comfort. My comfort is in knowing that it is my soul now that You keep and one day it will be my soul that You take.
Lord, I can better understand what the Apostle Paul felt when he wrote "To live is Christ, but to die is gain". Father, You know that I love living and hope to be doing it for a long time. But because I know that You are my keeper and one day will be my taker, I don't fear death. It will be ok for me to have to give up life, because in exchange for it I will receive glory, and Heaven is more than a fair trade for this Earth.
Father, thank You for the peace in knowing that one day to Heaven I'll be going. How can I not serve a God like You. I love You.
In Jesus name. Amen.