Ten days before my father passed away, Nora Ann Rejoice was welcomed into the world.
The second part of Psalm 139 is equally appropriate for the beginning or the end of our earthly life:
“Here’s how well You know me: You made me.
From the very moment of my conception, You were in charge.
Your creative love was at work.
It was all Your doing from start to finish.
Nine months in my mother’s womb,
but there was never a moment when You lost sight of me.
You were always paying attention.
And You knew the pain and the joys contained in that budding life.
You knew the adult who would come out of that child.
You knew the storms that were going to come,
the droughts, the attacks, the meddlings.
And you knew my own bent turnings.
Because You lovingly created me, You adjusted Your care for me.
Sometimes You gave me more encouragement and love,
other times more discipline and instruction.
Most of all, You led me to the saving grace of Your son
because You wanted me to be truly free, truly straight and tall and strong,
the glorious creature You intended me to be.
I am often so clueless about what’s wrong with me.
I need to come to You and have you examine me.
Run all Your diagnostic tests and find out if I have
failure to thrive.
I don’t want to do anything that hurts You
so show me where I’m too stubborn or blind to see things that offend You.
Continue to lead me, and I will follow You, all the way home, forever and ever.”
[paraphrase of Psalm 139 taken from the archives]