01 November 2016

All Saints Day

Greetings Dear Reader,

There are those who have reached the end of the journey ahead of me.  I miss them more than I admit to anyone.   In the top three are my Grandfather, my Sister, and my Daughter.

The empty places left by their departure are unfillable.   God is faithful and consoles me when the longing for them is deepest.  They will not come to me but eventually I will catch up with them.

This day belongs to those who are already with Christ.  I think of my friend Jason who has only been gone a year and those who loved him still feel the pain of his parting.  I consider the loss of friends one with which I will become familiar as I age.  I work hard to balance the sorrow I feel and the hope I wish to live.

I used to worry about partings much when I was little.  My Grandfather would comfort by reminding me that at the end of our lives, when all things are brought back to good we will have a vast celebration including a very special supper.   He always called it ‘the big dinner.” 

It seemed that he was so assured of where he was headed back then.  It took me a long time to find that faith.   Today I have that faith for all who have gone on before me.  I celebrate the gift of redemption.  I celebrate all who live by faith and have found their faith fulfilled in Christ.

Daddy Sand Bass – Johnny Cash

i remember when i was a lad
times were hard and things were bad
but there's a silver lining' behind every cloud
just four people that’s all we were
trying' to make a living' out of black-land dirt
but we'd get together in a family circle singin' loud

daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
me and little brother would join right in there
singin' seems to help a troubled soul
one of these days and it won't be long
I’ll rejoin them in a song
I’m gonna join the family circle at the throne

though the circle won't be broken
by and by, lord, by and by
daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
me and little brother would join right in there
in the sky, lord, in the sky

now i remember after work mama would call in all of us
you could hear us singin' for a country mile
now little brother has done gone on
but I’ll rejoin him in a song
we'll be together again up yonder in a little while

daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
me and little brother would join right in there
'cause singin' seems to help a troubled soul
one of these days and it won't be long
I’ll rejoin them in a song
I’m gonna join the family circle at the throne

oh, no the circle won't be broken
by and by, lord, by and by
daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
me and little brother would join right in there
in the sky, lord, in the sky

in the sky, lord, in the sky

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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