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Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or worms; and in the Great Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.

-John G. Paton, John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides, an Autobiography (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1965), 56.

That was John G. Paton’s response to an objection that he would be eaten by Cannibals if he went to share Christ with indigenous people in the South Sea Islands.

I want the perspective Paton had. Serving and honoring Christ is vastly more valuable than the comfort of this short, temporal life. No matter how nice the life, one’s body rots in the ground when all is said and done. Thus, what is ease and comfort if it takes away from honoring Christ? It is empty! The true life is one sacrificing with eternity in view. And with Christ in view! What will it be like to come to the Great Day with comfort and ease in one’s hands? It will be embarrassing if not condemning! But what glory and joy for the one who is willing to lose everything to posses the incalculable riches of Christ in their life now and to come! I want glorifying Christ, not comfort, to be my guiding perspective.

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I journey forth rejoicing
From this dark vale of tears,
To heavenly joy and freedom,
From earthly bonds and fears;
Where Christ our Lord shall gather
All His redeemed again,
His kingdom to inherit.
Goodnight, goodnight till then!

Why thus so sadly weeping,
Beloved ones of my heart?
The Lord is good and gracious,
Though now He bids us part.
Oft have we met in gladness.
And we shall meet again,
All sorrow left behind us.
Goodnight, goodnight till then!

I go to see His glory,
Whom we have loved below:
I go, the blessed angels,
The holy saints to know.
Our lovely ones departed,
I go to find again,
And wait for you to join us.
Goodnight, goodnight till then!

I hear the Saviour calling,
The joyful hour has come:
The angel guards are ready
To guide me to our home,
Where Christ our Lord shall gather
All His redeemed again,
His kingdom to inherit.
Goodnight, goodnight till then!

HT: Challies

If any of you remember, I posted a video of Zac Smith’s testimony about his battle with cancer a few a months ago. Zac is now with His heavenly Father.

From Justin Taylor’s blog,

Zac Smith is with Jesus. He fought the good fight of faith. He finished the race. He kept the faith. He’s entered into the joy of his Master. He didn’t waste his life, and he didn’t waste his cancer.

Please also remember in your prayers the family of Mary Pearson, wife of Desiring God board member Mitch Pearson and mother of four.

Jon Bloom writes:

O God, thank you for the life of Mary Pearson. Thank you especially that you gave her new life. Thank you for delivering her from the domain of darkness and transferring her to the kingdom of your beloved Son (Colossians 1:13), which she is now experiencing in a measure that just a few short hours ago she could not have even imagined. And have mercy on her precious husband and children. Sustain them as they endure the painful amputation of her presence and the difficult road ahead.

And, Father, we want your Son, Jesus, to return and bring all these tears and pain and death to an end. May it be soon! In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Here is the video of his testimony

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