Monday, January 18, 2016


This happens to be one of my most favorite verses in The Bible. My dear Cousin, RIP, was a wonderful, Christian man who died way too soon. He ran off and left me. We had promised one another 20 or so years ago that we would always stick together and hold the family of our ancestors together. But now he is gone and the third party to this promise (a family member) has divorced herself from me and the family. You might pray for Charlie. Anyway, my cousin had requested this verse be put on his grave marker and thus it is.

My grandmother, aunt, a premature baby of another cousin, my father-in-law and brother-in-law and my cousin are all buried at this cemetery. So, when my husband and I go to clean up the graves (grass and weeds in summer, weed eating around the markers, new flowers), I visit my Grandmother and my cousin mostly. I still cry to my cousin "you weren't supposed to leave me here alone."

Before he died and when he was in the pre-death coma, I whispered in his ear, because I do believe that the last thing to go is the hearing, "I forgive you for leaving, but will you please pray for me when you get there? I will never stop loving you or caring for you." Do you ever wonder if anyone will care so much for you that their heart receives little pings of missing you after you have gone? I wonder .... on to the verse and comments.


Romans 8:28 King James Version (KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

(28-30) These verses contain a third reason for the patience of the Christian. He knows that whatever happens, all things are really working together for good to him.

(28) All things.—Persecution and suffering included.Work together.—Contribute.
There is a rather remarkable reading here, found in the Vatican and Alexandrian MSS., and in Origen, inserting “God” as the subject of the verb, and making “all things” the object. “God works all things with,” or “co-operates in all things.” This reading is very early, if not original.
To them who are the called.—Further description of those “who love God.” They have also, as in His eternal counsels He had designed it should be, obeyed the call given to them in the preaching of the gospel, and definitely enrolled themselves in the kingdom of the Messiah.

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