Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cause I Got Changed By What I've Been Shown.

today i am reminded to love. i am humbled. i am reminded to die to the things of this world and keep my eyes on eternity. i am struck by a creative God that delivers beauty in ways i can not wrap my mind around. i am thankful that through suffering 
God renews the life within me. i am at peace by a Father who communicates with me by searching my soul. i am relieved He cares enough to wake me up in the middle of the night so we have the time together i so selfishly push aside during the day. i serve a God who turns green into red and orange and yellow in the fall, and send me pink blossoms in the spring. i am comforted by a Savior who gave my boys blue eyes and gave me a brown eyed girl, that in their little ages capture a love and give it away to me unconditionally. 











Jonathan was told today of the sad loss of one of his buddies he works with. He was battling cancer while i was, undergoing many surgeries, chemo, radiation, and a difficult recovery. he lost his  life this weekend to the tumors in his brain. he wasn't even 40 years old. i am quiet around jonathan today. it's the sort of comfort he needs. today is warm and the leaves are bright. i am here to see it. i am thinking of those who are not. 


 Farther Along.


Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
So, cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We'll understand this, all by and by

Tempted and tried, I wondered why
The good man died, the bad man thrives
And Jesus cries because he loves 'em both
We're all cast-aways in need of rope
Hangin' on by the last threads of our hope
In a house of mirrors full of smoke
Confusing illusions I've seen

Where did I go wrong, I sang along
To every chorus of the song
That the devil wrote like a piper at the gates
Leading mice and men down to their fates
But some will courageously escape
The seductive voice with a heart of faith
While walkin' that line back home

So much more to life than we've been told
It's full of beauty that will unfold
And shine like you struck gold my wayward son
That deadweight burden weighs a ton
Go down into the river and let it run
Wash away all the things you've done
Forgiveness alright

Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
So, cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We'll understand this, all by and by

Still I get hard pressed on every side
Between the rock and a compromise
Like the truth and pack of lies fightin' for my soul
And I've got no place left go
'Cause I got changed by what I've been shown
More glory than the world has known
Keeps me ramblin' on

Skipping like a calf loose from its stall
I'm free to love once and for all
And even when I fall I'll get back up
For the joy that overflows my cup
Heaven filled me with more than enough
Broke down my levees and my bluffs
Let the flood wash me

And one day when the sky rolls back on us
Some rejoice and the others fuss
'Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess
That the Son of God is forever blessed
His is the kingdom, we're the guests
So put your voice up to the test
Sing Lord, come soon 

Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
So, cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We'll understand this, all by and by







by- Josh Garrels
 
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