Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 25, 2013

Glorify the LORD, in life or death

Being in a small town, it is pretty easy to get to know a lot of people.  Today is a really sad day for our little town of Carlisle.  One of “ours” has passed away.  A young man, just 19 years old, has passed away from Leukemia.  He was well liked and tried to make a difference. Zach knew the LORD and as a believer, he knew ultimately where he would spend eternity.

He was speaking to the leader of our small group bible study one day and they were discussing life.  His comment to our leader Eric went something like this: “I believe that I can glorify the LORD more through my death than through my living”.  Did I mention he was only 19!  Whether in our life or in our dying, our main purpose in this life is to glorify the LORD.  It has taken me almost 60 years to figure that out.  Yet the maturity that this young man showed is incredible.  It didn’t matter if he lived or died because he knew he could bring glory and honor and praise to Jesus either way, but maybe more so in his death.  Wow!

His family and our town are now grieving.  But through this tragedy, may we use it as an opportunity to share the hope we have; that it is found in Jesus Christ alone.

Dear Loving Heavenly Father, Abba we come to you with heavy hearts today.  You have received unto yourself one of our own.  LORD please give us comfort, peace, strength and courage to go on.  We know that Zach is now at peace and with you.  He is safe and no longer suffering.  LORD let not his death be in vain but allow us LORD to minister to those who are grieving this great loss.  May through his death, You dear LORD be glorified.  In the precious, merciful and gracious name of Jesus, Amen.



  1. Beautiful…thank you for sharing! Much love to you! Glory to God in the Highest; and peace to His people on earth. See…when God gets glory…we get peace. Do you see the extra potion decending onto your little town??

    As to the age “comparison”…we must remember time doesn’t stretch out in Heaven like on earth dear Sister. For the day you trusted Jesus…everyday, every minute has been glorious to God; encompassing forward and backward all the way to the womb in which He formed you; straight to where the very “idea” of us all entered His mind. Such power in His name!!

  2. sorry to hear about Zach. Sounds like he’s in the place he longed to be and hopefully his loved ones can take comfort in that knowledge.

    • I know, it is so sad. I am sure that it helps a lot knowing he was at peace. Thank you for your comment! Again today I put my thoughts in the journal, probably be tomorrows blog! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Amen! What a lovely post,Grandma. Have a blessed evening. 🙂

    • Good morning dear one! Hope you slept well last night. Have a great day in the LORD! Love you! 🙂

      • Thank you grandma. Love you too 🙂

  4. Sorry for your loss xx

  5. Toni, I am so sorry for your loss. What a remarkable person he was. I agree with you in prayer that his life not be in vain, but instead that countless souls will be brought into the kongdom through the witness of his life and now death. Thanks

    • Thanks Sue, I appreciate your prayers.

  6. So sorry for your loss. Sounds like he was an incredible young man. ((hug))

  7. What a testimony I would like to have – to glorify God more in my death than in my life. Thank you for your post. Blessings dear Sister!

  8. Thanks for sharing this story, Toni. May we see death as a door through which we pass – and not as the end!


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