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Living among Immortals

“There are no ‘ordinary’ people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.”
–C. S. Lewis,
The Weight of Glory

I’m still alive and writing!  This year has been gratefully busy and spread out between family, grad school, and helping a humble ministry leader express his story for a future book.  And, in a mere hours or days, we will be meeting and welcoming two more little ones into our growing family!

Baby A on the way

Soon we’ll see Baby B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But I’m so behind with sharing. My heart and mind are full of songs, opinions, new favourite quotes, and encouragement from God’s Word.  So I better get started.

There are no ordinary people.

Jericho Road’s Coffee House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We live our life among the immortal.  Every single person we talk to, brush past, or ignore, is valuable, every spirit, eternal, and each soul, purchased by our Saviour’s blood.

You

and

I

and

each person

that crosses our path,

will outlast the prettiest flower

and the deepest sunset

and the wildest mountains

or the most graceful deer~~~

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If that be true, how do we treat others?  The others we may not like, who have hurt us, or tailgate us on the highway, or make choices that cause us pain?

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

John 13:34

Jesus didn’t ask us to love one another.  He commanded it!

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

  Matthew 7:12

Casting Crown’s song, Jesus, Friend of Sinners, says it like this:

Oh, Jesus, friend of sinners,
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus friend of sinners break our hearts for what breaks yours.

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Make the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of your mercy bring your people to their knees.

How do we live among such immortals?

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”

and

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:31,32

We will never meet a mere mortal.

May the Lord grant us the grace and humility to treat everyone we meet on our journey with an eternal perspective. We already have an example from Jesus:

“….whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:25-28

Let us love one another…as long as we have breath, to eternity….and beyond!

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”   Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

[I invite you to listen to Casting Crown’s song in its entirety from the Music Box.  And you can purchase it for yourself on ITunes or Amazon.com.]

 

In prayerful remembrance

On the occasion of Patriot Day and in remembrance of the loss and upset our nation experienced on September 11, 2001, I’m posting a poem my daughter, Joy Song, wrote on that day.  Let’s thank the Lord for His undeserving grace to our country, for our leadership, public servants and military–each and all working together to keep us from a repeat of this event.  We should be compelled to continue in prayer for our Nation, our leadership, military, and citizens.  May God still bless America in days to come!

Universal Uncertainty  

Colors of orange and red splash and arch throughout the sky. 

People stand in awe and collectively sigh 

Soon flags are flown everywhere, they still wave somberly from side to side 

No, this wasn’t the Fourth of July; The sparks in the sky weren’t fireworks. 

The “oohs and the ahhs” weren’t parade watchers. 

They were workers, sons, daughters, volunteers, mothers, sisters,  

and fathers…. 

Each gasping at the sight, in what was the clear blue sky. 

They tried to breathe, but mostly they cried: wondering “Who?”  

“Why?” 

Some held hands while they lept to their death. 

Rescuers ran to help, The President and politicians openly wept. 

moments of silence, candles light the night, people filled with panic, anger,  

and fright! 

Suddenly invisible was the ‘line’ that separated church and state: 

As billions gathered to publicly pray! 

In memorium- to thousands of graves piled high in the city that never sleeps. 

Futures were cut short, buried beneath rubble, metal, and glass 

Ashes to ashes… 

Screams of grief, followed by protests for peace 

Lady Liberty stands helpless as she sheds a tear,  

“Why did you do this, I welcomed you here!” 

Citizens, victims, and Nations unite, in Heaven and on earth for this 

endless fight! 

Today we march on for the right to be free! 

Free from terror, chaos, and universal uncertainty! 

by Joy, on 9/11/01

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The YouTube video below commemorates the events of 9/11, blending still shots with Casting Crowns’ song of exhortation to, “Praise Him in the Storm”: