Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Biblegateway.com): 1 Kings 6-7; Luke 20:27-47
Wednesday’s: 1 Kings 8-9; Luke 21:1-19

As I looked up into the star-studded predawn heavens, the thought popped into my mind, “What a gloriously magnificent morning after the storms of the night before.”  I briefly wished God had granted me the talent of a Mozart or a Beethoven, or even a John and Paul – not the apostles.  Then I could put pen to paper and compose a mesmerizing melody concerning the contrast of the turbulent night before with this peaceful, awe-inspiring morning.  But alas, He did not.  And yet, I still felt the need to put into words my reflections as I went about my predawn plodding.  I contemplated how glorious the morning will be when the Covid-19 storm we are currently riding out has passed.  But that image quickly faded away into the mist as more of an inconvenience than a storm, when I began to envision what a magnificent “bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ will rise”[1] lay ahead after this storm-filled life has ended.  “What a day of rejoicing that will be!  When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.”[2]  Until that time, let us strive to be the people God has called us to be in order that others may see Jesus in us.  “Oh God, may we be the bright, morning star in the life of someone who is in the midst of one of life’s raging tempests.”

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] Black, James M., When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder, verse 2, 1893.
[2] Hewitt, Eliza E. and Wilson, Emily D., When We All Get to Heaven, chorus, 1898.