Jesus, Lord of Heaven
I do not deserve
The grace that You have given
Or the promise of Your word
Many waters cannot quench love;
neither can floods drown it.
Song of Solomon 8:7a (ESV)
Suppose He should ask me to wait five years? It stuns me to think of it. Yet - could I imagine that the mercy of God which has stretched to me from everlasting to everlasting could be exhausted in five years?
— Elisabeth Elliot (via sincerelydebbie)
All Through the Night by Jon Thurlow
“For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes in the morning.” Psalms 30:5
I am an audible learner, a person with whom spoken words are preferred, a lover of sounds, of voices.
And for the longest time I thought I was visual. But visual subjects, like organic chemistry, were so difficult. Rather then seeing a molecule built, I much rather preferred hearing the professor…
“Yes, I believe actions speak louder than words. But sometimes, and for me quite frequently, a spoken affirmation is needed rather than an act of service. A simple “I care for you” is preferred to someone hiking across campus to see me. Because I believe, once spoken, it’s become concrete. Solidified, almost. It’s like a declaration of some sort, rather than an act that can be confused with some every day habit.”
“It is an altogether different story when literate adults say stuff about reality in the name of Jesus without actually listening to what Jesus has said.
There’s a way to do that, of course, that doesn’t look as troubling as it sounds. Keep it nice and cheery and float in a verse citation when you can. As it turns out, our world isn’t so much turned off about Jesus-talk so long as it bears his name but not his truth.”
“We put our ear next to his heart by putting our eyes intently on his word. That’s when we shed the scales of carnal preference and cultural pressure.
That’s when we read as in read, not like a three-year-old, but as listeners who don’t want to make the text say what it doesn’t. For one, because we can’t. And most importantly, because why would we want to anyway? Only one has “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Jesus is Lord, not us.”