Yesterday the family and I said goodbye to one of God’s baptized children, Arthur Teske. Arthur died peacefully early Sunday morning. His obituary can be viewed here.
Last Friday I had opportunity to visit with Art. Upon leaving I asked him if I could read to him Psalm 23. Art immediately launched into it himself, leaving me to catch up.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Now Art rests in the arms of his Good Shepherd, with nothing needed, covered in the righteousness of Christ, having been carried through the valley of the shadow of death and now dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed….The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
– 1 Corinthians 15:50-52, 56-58