Yesterday I mentioned a book of sermons by my friend, Patrick. I was reminded in reading the book of the final words of his blog. He wrote these words just three weeks before entering the presence of Jesus:
I am ready. I know my time is down to weeks, not months. I have accepted that this is the path God placed me on. I would not have chosen it. I don’t like it. However, I am submitted that God in His Sovereignty, decided before all of time to give me a shorter life on earth. And if it keeps His name going forward and promotes His Kingdom, then who am I to question it? Who am I but God’s servant placed here to bring Him glory? It’s not supposed to be about me…it’s about Him. If this promotes His Kingdom and Christ’s name, then so be it. Just like Joseph, Job, Daniel, Esther and many others throughout Scripture who ended up in circumstances that they did not ask for and they surely did not like, I daily must choose to focus on submitting to God’s will, crying out for His grace and pointing to my Savior. After all, my sins are still my worst problem and Christ took care of that. (December 5th, 2012)
On December 26th at 10:05pm, Patrick McGoldrick took his last breath while on this earth. He awoke in the presence of the Savior He loved and served.
As I mentioned yesterday on this blog, Tim Stevens (Patrick's brother-in-law) edited and compiled eleven sermons that Patrick chose to be a part of this book. It includes his final sermon he delivered that I was able to attend just over a year ago (April 22, 2012).
You can pick it up on Amazon.com or at our bookstore (in Irondequoit) or our book table (in Greece).