Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

I am sure that if you have looked at this blog that you know that my dad is dying. I am also pretty sure that you are about tired of hearing all of this.

It will soon be over and we will move on to other things. But as I thought about where I was sitting yesterday this verse came into my mind.

We all prefer the house of feasting and partying. The wisest man said that the house of mourning was more important.

The reason that it is so important is that we will lay death to heart. This life is coming to an end for all of us. It is obvious when you are sitting in a house listening to the breathing, the beginning of the death rattle, etc but it is just as true for everyone of us.

Most of us live like there is no tomorrow and if there is a tomorrow it will be just like today and fun is all that matters. We live for self and selfish things. Those things may be good things, like family, friends, fun, our future but we seldom consider what we are doing that has eternal value.

As I sit and watch or look at the shell of dad lying there waiting to die it causes me to go deep within myself and consider what my life has counted for and what will be done that is of value.

It will soon be over. The toys, the comforts, the possessions mean nothing now.

He doesn’t even know what is happening. It is all over down here though he still lies there.

I sit here and count my own days. I count my mortality. I think of the fact that I have only a limited number of days to live.

I know that he is my dad but I hope through these days those that are very special friends will take to heart the house of mourning.




6 Comments
  • Posted October 24, 2009 10:40 am
    by The Cornwells

    We love you and your family so much. We know the Bible teaches “no man liveth and dieth to himself”. This is especially true for your father. His legacy and influence will felt here on earth until our Lord’s return. He will soon be in the presence of the Lord and lay the crowns at his Faithful Heavenly Fathers feet.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us – in the good times and the difficult times.

  • Posted October 24, 2009 10:54 am
    by James Allen

    Brother Austin, you are an inspiration to many, many people across the Globe!
    Your life definitely is one of selflessness and dedication to that which is so much “bigger
    then you (us)”! Thank you for your testimony of grace in this time of suffering.

    “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” (II Cor. 1:3-5)

    I love you.

    James Allen

  • Posted October 24, 2009 11:25 am
    by Carlene Duncan

    Austin – thank you for sharing your heart with these words. I was taken back to the time several years ago when I sat beside my mothers bedside and then 2 years later my dad’s bedside as the life slowly oozed out of them. I wish I had been thinking along those lines. My parents were true examples of unselfishness and I love them dearly for their example. Serving here in Mexico is a seed they planted long ago in my heart and I wasn’t even aware of it. We think of you and Betty often with good memories of our fellowship and pray for you now.

  • Posted October 24, 2009 11:45 am
    by Julie Evans

    Ecclesiastes 7:2 came to mind this morning as I read your earlier FB post and prayed for Betty and you and all the family. Betty and you have laboured so much in the LORD’s vinyard, and raised your children to do likewise. GOD get’s the glory every time others see your family selflessly doing the LORD’s work. Thank you for this message. We all need to turn our eyes away from the kickshaws of the world and Look to the LORD and His work.

  • Posted October 24, 2009 6:07 pm
    by Aaron

    We love you and all the brothers in North Africa are praying for you and especially your mother during this time. You have been such a great inspiration to all of us seek for the Kingdom of God. You’re dad will have so much to rejoice about in heaven!

    Aaron and Jillian

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