Till My Trophies At Last I Lay Down

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When I was in elementary school, I accumulated half-a-dozen or so trophies. I used to keep them lined up precisely, left-to-right from tallest to shortest, on top of my dresser. I can still remember what each one looked like, and what I had accomplished to merit each. (Please remember, this was back in the day when you actually had to earn a trophy – you didn’t get one just for showing up!) I can definitely say that these trophies were a source of one of the worst possible sins in my young heart – the sin of pride.
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All That Has Been Broken Will Be Restored

Death is not the end; it is only the tearing away of the bindings that tie us to this place. In that outpouring of Jesus’ love, we will finally experience all that He made us to be.

This is real. I have seen it with my own eyes. Love has come for you.

Spend some time tonight alone with the Lover of your soul, and thank Him for the work He has done to release you into the fullness of His life – both now and forever.

Trust Him. Don’t be afraid of death. Don’t be afraid to live.

Ten Thousand Angels
words & music by Sandra McCracken

How long you have traveled, in darkness weeping
No rest in language, no words to speak
But there in the wreckage, beneath bricks and bindings
Love has come, love has come for you

Against the night sky of your waiting
Your face is like starlight when He walks in
Everything worth keeping comes through dying
Love has come, love has come for you

So lift up your heart now, to this unfolding
All that has been broken will be restored
Here runs deep waters for all who are thirsty
Love has come, love has come for you

Ten thousand angels will light your pathway
Until the day breaks fully in the East
They will surround you and make your way straight
Love has come, love has come for you
Love has come, love has come for you

Somewhere in the Middle

I know this song has been around a while, but my family first encountered it just a couple months ago when we bought the Casting Crowns “Acoustic Sessions Vol. I” CD. Just about every phrase in these lyrics brings me to some gut-wrenching wrestling with who I am in Christ. To my mind, this song is a masterpiece because it does what a great song should – it makes me think and it makes me feel.

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I Don’t Know What You’re Doing … But I Know Who You Are

I wanted to follow up on the idea that even though we can’t completely fathom the mind of God or understand His ways (see Romans 11:33 as one of many scriptural references on this topic), we are not left clueless about His character. I love the way “Who You Are” by J.J. Heller makes this point – that in the face of tragedy we may not understand what or why, but we can absolutely know God’s character because of who He is and what He has revealed about himself.

In class this Sunday, we studied John 14. This is a rich passage, and one of the things that struck me forcefully after writing the previous post is what Jesus says in verses 7-10 (my emphasis):

“If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.”

We do know the Father because we have seen Him in His Son. We do not have to shrug our shoulders when tragedy strikes and pretend not to know that God is love. Did Jesus send tornadoes to strike little children dead, or did he return Jairus’ daughter to life? Did Jesus torment people with disease as punishment for their sins, or did He heal?