Thursday, August 27, 2009

" quotable "

"Men die in darkness at your side,
Without a hope to cheer the tomb;
Take up the torch and wave it wide,
The torch that lights time's thickest gloom."
-H. Bonar
{ as quoted in Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret }

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

dig in!

the israelites asked the question, and so i asked too...
"Can the Lord spread a table in the wilderness?"

{ i.e. Can God really make "something" out of this time in this place? }

But, before i could fully finish my thought- i remembered. John 6-the fish, the loaves and the whole she-bang that went down on that hillside with 5,000 + hungry people with not much food in sight. He made a whole lotta somethin' out of a whole lotta nothin'. Why? Because he can.

So, I see there is a table is being set and a feast in order. it's time to take my place at the table...and dig in!


 But what I don't say 
What I can't say Is that with this joy 
Comes a mourning 
Something left behind 
Blue lined, teary
 Mingled I move on 
All things will change
 We wait for the rain
 And the promise remains 
Live life fully 
-josh garrels-

Sunday, August 23, 2009


"Between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks even before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew some day, the train would come." Under the Tuscan Sun

it was about faith. it was about belief. it was about everything i want to be about in these days. to step out. make some plans, and move forward. it's about"long obedience in the same direction." giving yourself fully to the one thing that ensures everything else of great value-Jesus. knowing that he will fulfill his promises for us, for many such things are in his mind (job said that somewhere...)whether we see it today,or the howl of the train is somewhere off in the distance, it doesn't really matter. the trains a comin'.

the river.

"Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it." 

last night my family and i shared leftover banana pudding, coffee and some tears as we watched the 1992 classic, "a river runs through it" the last line reminded me something that i often forget...and i took a deep breath.
i was reminded that in the end, that last line is indeed true. 

1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22