Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Message I Did Not Expect

They said you understood once you met her.  I don't think I had ever met her but I left knowing I would have enjoyed knowing her.  She was a member of the various volunteer service organizations in and around Palo Pinto County and was once a member of the emergency services for the county.  And once again to hear of someone outliving their lives  was comforting.  Her oldest son and his family have been our friends forever.  I can remember when their little girl was born - right after our Son one.

A graveside service on Sunday morning was most unusual to me. I went thinking I would be missing church and instead I attended church - just at a different place with a different group of family but I did not miss church at all.

The cousin spoke of the correlation between all of us, Rose Mary, and God.  He spoke of Love.  We sang I'll Fly Away and Amazing Grace and the SO from the county gave the last call.

Love ... (from The Message - I Corinthians 13)
never gives up - to me this means we never think that a person is not worth our prayers and our time
cares more for others than for self - to me this means that I consider others before I consider myself - that I consider situations from their viewpoint and not mine.  I know for me this doesn't always come naturally but when I do practice this my life is peaceful
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.  

I am not so sure why I am amazed - I really should not be.  Of course her cousin would speak of Love. When the picture all comes together the message is always the same - Love.  When we as believers truly become about Love - it changes us - it changes everything - it makes a difference and we will never be the same.

One of my most favorite songs that we sing at our church is Faithful Love.

The lyrics capture my thoughts completely....

And I'll never be the same for I've seen faithful Love face to face and Jesus is His name.

It doesn't matter what crosses our path - when we know that we have seen faithful Love - we are never the same.

When we see Love - when we  know Love - when we are about Love....

We are never the same.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.


Faithful Love

Faithful Love  (select the link to hear the song...)

Faithful love flowing down from the thorn-covered crown,
Makes me whole, saves my soul,
Washes whiter than snow.
Faithful love calms each fear, reaches down, dries each tear;
Holds my hand when I can’t stand on my own.

Faithful love from above
Came to earth to show the Father’s love.
And I’ll never be the same,
For I’ve seen faithful love face to face,
And Jesus is His name.

Faithful love is a friend just when hope seems to end,
Welcome face, sweet embrace,
Tender touch filled with grace.
Faithful love, endless power, living flame, Spirit’s fire;
Burning bright in the night, guiding my way.
(repeat chorus)

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