There isn't much you can say about this. Death is a terrible thing and painful, but since we have hope beyond this mortal existance, we can rest in the Lord to strengthen us through these times. Our heartfelt condolences, sympathy, and prayers go to the Piper family. This is a very touching moment as John says goodbye to his Daddy and reflecting on who his father was and how much love there was between them and love for the Lord. I would have loved to have met him.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
Category: Written Posts by John Piper, Current Events
The following is John Piper’s journal entry narrating his father’s death on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.
The funeral is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2007, at 2 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, S. C. Visitation is 7:00-8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, March 8, 2007, at Mackey Mortuary on Century Drive in Greenville. All are welcomed to both.
John Piper will not be preaching this weekend at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007. 2 a.m.
The big hospital clock in room 4326 of Greenville Memorial Hospital said, with both hands straight up, midnight. Daddy had just taken his last breath. My watch said 12:01, March 6, 2007.
I had slept a little since his last morphine shot at ten. One ear sleeping, one on the breathing. At 11:45, I awoke. The breaths were coming more frequently and were very shallow. I will not sleep again, I thought. For ten minutes, I prayed aloud into his left ear with Bible texts and pleadings to Jesus to come and take him. I had made this case before, and this time felt an unusual sense of partnership with Daddy as I pressed on the Lord to relieve this warrior of his burden.
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