A Heavenly Tribute


“A hockey stick-shaped cloud seen in Saskatoon and shared by Canadian hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser is being regarded as a tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people.” This is a news clip I saw on Twitter last night and I find it very comforting.

 Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you. Job 35:5  NIV

A Tribute to Billy Graham


The world has just said good-bye to one of God’s finest recruiter of souls. With the exception of Jesus himself, I doubt there has ever lived such a one whose magnetic sincerity drew people to the One who once said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 NIV) This was Jesus talking to two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew who immediately dropped their nets to follow him. And many of us are still following him to this day. Was Billy Graham one of the best “fishermen” ever? I like to think so.

And here is the hymn that was instrumental in leading us followers forward…it still touches my heart and causes me to raise hands to the One who is ever ready to receive those who heed His call.

To all who have not yet made that commitment, I invite you to come, just as you are, and receive one of life’s greatest blessings.

If we had to guess Billy Graham’s final words to his Creator, we may be sure they were, “Oh, Lamb of God, I come.” Rest in peace good and faithful servant.

Remembering


Today is a day for remembering. We remember those who fought for our freedom, who died for our freedom, and who are still alive today to enjoy that freedom.

A friend and I are meeting for lunch today to remember as well, two very special people in our lives…our lifelong best friends, both of whom are in a different world of freedom…heaven.

We will also remember other loved ones who have left our lives through the mystery of death, gone but not forgotten.

Remembering is a soulful act in that it touches our souls the way our love for all these people touched our hearts.

Be blessed as you remember today…

And from the greatest teacher who ever lived, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

Soul Searching


My soul has always held a deep fascination for me because I can never quite grasp the full concept of it. Therefore, I’m taking a six week course called Soul Keeping. It is based on a book by John Ortberg, pastor, writer, and speaker in Menlo Park, California.

Last night his video touched on a passage from Dallas Willard’s book, Renovation of the Heart:

“Our soul is like an inner stream of water, which gives strength, direction and harmony to every other element of our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do because our soul itself is then profusely rooted in the vastness of God and his kingdom, including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream. Therefore we are in harmony with God, reality, and the rest of human nature and nature at large.”

I also learned that the four parts of a human being are soul, body, mind, will. The soul encompasses the other three parts and the course goes into each of these aspects of our being. I was aware of these four parts but unsure of their order.

This course promises to be a very good learning experience and may give me the answers to my soul searching.