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Psa 23:1-6" A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."

 

Gary your evening reminiscings are inspired and anointed..... Yes I agree, Paul had to embrace three days of darkness before he could embrace the glorious light of Christianity..... As I listen to you I am reminded that all history is really HIS STORY.... and just as creation was written by Him -- so will the final chapters in the annuls of mankind.... If I keep that in view.... that Christ has the final chapter sealed away..... it makes the darkness of disappointment easier to stand.... Oh, we know at some level we are never truly alone.... that Christ is our friend and companion.... But when the kids we have nurtured and loved and raised with the gospel turn away..... the dark times are hard to endure.... Yes I agree with you There is a very real sense in which we MUST EMBRACE THE DARKNESS....When my baby died... when Jose died.... as difficult as it was I had to embrace the darkness..... mourn....cry...... grieve..... and it was a lengthy process.... before I healed... before I got to the point in my life where I knew there was light...and that light was far greater....it outweighed any loss I had ever suffered....or ever will..... Embrace emptiness? Embrace loss? Embrace unfulfilled dreams? Embrace hurt? Yes.... believing...hoping KNOWING that darkness might be an old friend.... but JOY COMMENTH IN THE MORNING..... And Light holds sway over the night..... Gary thank you for another magnificent podcast.... You are a mighty warrior in the Army of the Lord.... hugs a fellow warrior

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