Daily Easter Devotion Saturday, April 26

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Psalm 92; Exodus 13:17-14:4; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10 and Mark 12:18-27

I want to dedicate today’s devotion to Mae Leader who died April 16 and whose funeral service was held Wednesday of this past week. I do this because Mae was one who enjoyed receiving my morning devotions, reading them, commenting on them and often passing them on to others. She kept her Methodist roots even up until her death but did enjoy worshiping and being part of the family of Community Presbyterian Church.

Towards the end of her life Mae really suffered from cancer that was inoperable but this never really got the best of her. Her faith remained strong even in the face of her illness. Today’s reading from 2 Corinthians speaks of how her faith won out even as we lay in bed the last month or so of her life.

2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10 – 16So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

5:1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

She did not lose heart. One of the things she’d say to me when I visited her was; “when I fall to sleep I don’t know if I’ll wake up in heaven or this bed. My hope is that it will be in heaven.” Well on Wednesday April 16, 2014 her prayers were answered and she was called home.

In our Psalm today we hear;

Psalm 92 – 1It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night, …

Mae wrote the following Psalm to give thanks to God and thank God for the life she had been blessed with.

A Psalm by Mae L. Leader

God, your creation is beyond my comprehension!

When I look out at a beautiful sunset,
I thank you for such a glorious sight,
and my eyes to behold it.

As I watch a robin build her nest
or a father cardinal feed his mate and their young,
I marvel at your workings.

You speak to me as I read from Tennyson
or James Whitcomb Riley
or listen to music by Chopin or Gershwin.

I’m awed by the wisdom you’ve given man
to build eight-lane highways
with intricate interchanges.

When storms arise and tornado sirens are sounding,
I do not fear,
because I trust in you.

Wherever there is a Ghandi[D1] ,
or a Martin Luther King,
or a Mother Theresa,
I know you are in the world.

Though we, your children,
may forsake you,
you will never forsake us.

The last comments she posted on my pastor’s blog were these;

October 23, 2013 – When I was a child, I put my trust in my parents and grandparents and continued to as long as they lived. When I realized I could no longer put my trust in my first husband, I learned to fully trust in God, and my security now is the knowledge that He is always with me and, when I start to worry, I remind myself that my life is in His hands and He will provide the answers as He always has.

Then on December 7, 2013 she simply said; “Beautiful song.”

Thanks be to you, O God, for the life and witness of Mae Leader, many will miss her. I know you said unto her when she arrived at heaven’s gates; welcome my good and faithful servant.

Now on my bucket list is composing my own Psalm unto God and then asking a good friend of mine to help me put it to music.

May we all seek to thank God for this day and life he is blessing us with and seek to serve God by loving others and loving life itself.

O God thanks for all the saints who come into my life. Saints near and far. May we each seek to honor you and glorify you by living and enjoy life. Thanks for your servant Mae who truly blessed my life. Amen.

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