My Dad's Prayer

Reading my dad's final journal tonight, I came across a time that he was praying with someone and he says that he gave them "both sides" of Phil. 1. I am certain this is what he meant. A greater testament to his character (in the Holy Spirit) could not be imagined. May it be true of all of us.

"Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all asahmed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account." (Phil. 1:18-24)

And so he stayed until the time when the Lord called him home, and he could say, "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness."