Sunday, December 17, 2006

Looking Beyond

My heart is pierced with the thorn of melancholy as of late. Actually, pretty consistently for several years now.

Still, thanksgiving fills every corner of my being this morning. I'm once again considering my ministry to Him; one look in His direction reminds me of His manifold blessings and gratefulness quickly floods my soul.

Heaven - eternity - the thought of "ever after" - captures my thought, grasping my contemplations. Blessings are here and now and are wonderful, but " 'All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.' "

I love eternity because of Him. I love what is to come more than the present. Abundant living begins the moment we exchange our meager existence for His Spirit living in us. Amazing. Here and now we experience that life. But we see through a glass darkly; we see in part.

Oh, to see Him! Nothing here compares. This is unimaginable glory and beauty. Every fiber of our beings will be caught up in His great love, filled with tender joy, vibrant with happiness, and spilling over with everlasting thanksgiving. Ecstasy and exaltation. Peace and tranquility. Endless beauty and love.

Let's all go there. Let's all go together.

"Oh, Lord. Thank You for tarrying, that more might join us there. Great is Your lovingkindness, and that my soul knows right well, for You have found even me. And I join with a countless multitude that cries out for mercy upon the souls of men. Yet, I join also and say, 'Even so, come Lord Jesus, come.' "


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