“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Ps. 116:15 I know this is a strange opening first sentence for an article from OCS, yet it is what is on my heart and mind. On July 2, 2018 my Dad was rushed to the hospital and put on life support long enough for his children and grandchildren to arrive. We all rushed to Ukiah and conveyed our love to him and the doctors told us that he would most likely die within hours of being removed from the ventilator. The ventilator was removed and Dad began to breathe on his own. The doctors believed Dad’s death was immanent so we didn’t leave his side.
We wanted him to go in peace so I decided we needed to sing some of the hymns that have meant a great deal to him over the years. My nephew and I began to sing “Like a River Glorious”.
Like a river glorious is
God's perfect peace,
over all victorious
in its bright increase:
perfect, yet still flowing
fuller every day;
perfect, yet still growing
deeper all the way.
Trusting in the Father,
hearts are fully blest,
finding, as he promised,
perfect peace and rest.
Hidden in the hollow
of his mighty hand,
where no harm can follow,
in his strength we stand.
We may trust him fully all for us to do;
those who trust him wholly
find him wholly true.
This hymn has so many wonderful truths about our Lord and Savior. His peace is perfect and incomprehensible. His peace brings victory over sadness. His peace is there for us all the time when we trust in Him.
We continued to sing other of Dad’s favorite hymns not knowing if he was hearing the offering of praise that was being lifted up to the Lord on his behalf. When we finished, his ICU nurse (with tears in her eyes) thanked us for singing to him and for being there for him. She felt certain that Dad heard and that the hymns brought him peace. She told us that our family renewed her faith in what she does as an ICU nurse.
One day, became two, then three and the waiting continued until July 10th when Jesus called His precious saint to be with Him. My Dad was a great man. He loved Jesus with his whole heart and served Him for many years as a Sunday School Teacher, Deacon and Elder. He loved and served his family and friends and was thought highly of by all.
How does this apply to OCS? My prayer is that our students have Jesus’ perfect peace, that their faith will be a testimony to others wherever they are. That they would love and grow in Christ and shine His light to the world around them. If our students can grow up this way, then Jesus will say of them someday: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
Miss Debra Ward
What’s Happening At OCS
August 12th – OCS Teacher Dedication Sunday
August 14th – Sneak A Peek 11:00 am-1:00 pm
August 14th— Preschool- Kindergarten “Back to School Night”
August 15th – First Day of School
August 16th – First -8th “Back to School Night”