Love is eternity touching time

by Craig on September 24, 2012

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I listen to Sara’s songs…especially Breath of Heaven (here she sings)…
knowing she stands on the precipice, the gate between this life…and eternity.

* This time last year, Sara stepped into eternity. I don’t ever want to forget how brave she was, how full of faith, and yes…joy. So I’m looking back at what I wrote, about Sara, about life, about death, last year, on Deep into Scripture.*

It’s the eternity we talk about…
but never think about…
never really think about.

These songs sung by Sara…
a golden child now brushed by gilded wings…
they now hold a universe of new meaning.

I take the words and change “I and me” with “her and she” and I sing it along with her – as a prayer…

In the world as cold as stone
must she walk this path alone?

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Be with her now.
Be with her now.

Breath of heaven,
hold her together,
be forever near her,
lighten her darkness,
pour over her your holiness,
for you are holy.

Does she wonder as you watch her face,
If a wiser one should have had her place?
but she offers all she is
for the mercy of your plan
help her be strong

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help her be

help her

It’s 5:18 AM now. The area around my eyelashes, top and bottom, have not been dry but for a few waking hours since last Wednesday. My mind leans heavy on the thought of eternity touching time.

The flow of tears is steady until…

I realize I’m thinking too much about me.
And I’m embarrassed by how self-centered and selfish I am.

This isn’t about me.
It’s about Sara.
It’s about God.

It’s about praying the same prayer again and again for Sara…
for courage…
and faith…
and peace…
and for Sara to know she has made a difference.

And then there are more tears – but more noble ones.

And I know that to pray now is to pray for Sara.
I know I should pray for her loved ones more…
but right now it’s  Sara…
later for them.

And through the tears comes thought…
if there is no God none of this matters.
If there is no God nothing matters…

… neither Sara’s life, or my life, or yours, or wars, or peace, or poverty, or riches, or kindness or cruelty, or tsunamis or earthquakes, or sadness, or happiness, or love. If there is no God, then not a single thing that we will ever know or experience, not a single thing that anyone has known or experienced, amounts to a grain of sand an on an infinity sized beach.

If there is no God then life is only what Macbeth pours out near the end of Shakespeare’s play:

Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Please forgive me for these next harsh. but true, words.

If there is no God, placing a baby in a fire is the same as saving a baby from one.

If there is no God it doesn’t matter if I live a thousand years or step in front of a bus today.

But there is a difference.

God exists, he loves, and he knows not only sparrows.

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this candle that flickers…

and goes out…

will only burn brighter still.

Because there is heaven…

and there is God…

and Sara, right now…

is going home to him.

Gilded wings of eternity brush the cold steel wheels of time.

 

Here are all of this month’s Sara posts.
You might heart them as much as I.

In which it’s the small things
 Love remembers when eternity touches time
 In which sorrow submerges joy
 Love prays peace, courage, faith, and knowing
In which are “eternity touching time” thank you’s to God

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Maria September 25, 2012 at 7:22 am

Dear Craig…I knew not your Sara. I came into the picture quite late, but the love of yourself and others for her speaks loudly and I remember your grief of last year. Today your post brings to my mind my own mother-in-law, recently passed…a fresh grief and my beloved grandmother and father…grief tempered by the passage of time. Thank you for a beautiful post, with beautiful pictures and the precious reminder of what glories await each of us and our loved ones.

P.S. I absolutely love that song…its one of my favourites at Christmastime when I ponder a very pregnant Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. Isn’t it a comfort to know that God loves in the same way and that these verses could be applied to any of us..on this very long journey that doesn’t end until we see His glorious face.

Blessings to you and yours!

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Craig September 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

Lisa Maria, I heart how your faith shines through your words – always have. And I know of your mother-in-law – I know how fresh that is – I’m glad you’re reading this. It’s when death touches the life that we REALLY think about eternity – and life. Anyway, thank you very much, God bless you. Choose joy!

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Debra September 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Love is eternity touching time. Love this title, for just these words alone speak to me.
Just went over to check out Sara’s Breath of Heaven. I’ve heard the song before, but not in a long time. Soothing, peaceful, lovely. Sara has entered love fully, where we only catch a glimpse every so often. But a glimpse is still something.

I think about eternity every day Craig. Eternity, what is it? It is both now and forever. But how I long for the day when every tear shall be wiped from our eyes, when there will be no more sorrow, pain, or death. When the last enemy is defeated.

I long for his appearing, for the day when we will know him as we are known by him, when we no longer see through a glass dimly, but behold him face to face in all of his glory.
Oh, what a bottle of tears he is saving of yours, mine, all who long for his appearing.

Love and blessings abundant.

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Craig September 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I’ve thought a lot about time and eternity Debra, I’ve even written about it here and on the other blog. I don’t look forward as much to the kingdom as I should. I’ve talked to our Lord about that a lot. I’m too grounded on this side of the dark door. But it makes sense to me that they would be an eternity – and our Bible tells us about it – and our Lord IS that eternity – and one day everything will be as it should, which is an awfully good thing because everything is broken now. Thank you Debra. God bless you. Choose joy!

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A. September 27, 2012 at 12:33 am

This love of Jesus, this love expressed through Sara’s life, through your writing…it is soaking in when I so badly need it…so I can reflect it back to others. Thank you for writing about all of this again. Thank you, Craig. It helps me to see what it looks like in another’s life even though it won’t play out exactly the same in mine. I need to see what love looks like right now. And I pray that the Father of Lights, who knows when we lose even one tear will send you blessings of joy and hope and encouragement at this time.

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Craig September 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

we are supposed to love one another – that’s the big thing. and joy and hope and encouragement – sometimes they come by way of comment – you know? And if we’re all reflecting God – and then we reflect off one another – that’s a lot of good reflecting going on. God bless you A. Choose joy!

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