What Language Shall I Borrow?

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What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
Oh, make me thine forever,
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never,
outlive my love to thee.

~ Paul Gerhardt

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“Father . . . Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit”

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“Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit”
If this were a symphony, this would be the moment between the final note and the first applause. If this were a journey, this would be the first sight of a familiar home. But this is a dying Messiah . . . and this is a sigh of joy.

“Father” The voice is hoarse. The voice that called forth dead Lazarus . . . the voice that taught the 5,000, the voice that pleaded with God at Gethsamane . . . now says
“Father” . . . now the two are one again . . . now the abandoned is found . . . the schism is bridged.

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It Is Finished

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A young woman sat in the darkness of the Tenebrae service one Good Friday many years ago and watched as the candles were extinguished one by one. There had been many months of struggle as she wrestled with her doubts in faith. Over the past several years she had fallen away from the faith of her childhood. She doubted that the stories of the Bible could be true . . . yet, she was continually drawn to the person of Jesus Christ. Who was this Jesus? Why had he left such a great influence on so many people over the years? How was it that his followers throughout the ages had self-lessly created so many helping organizations around the world? . . . schools, hospitals, social agencies, world hunger relief programs . . . all because of following Jesus.
People like Mother Teresa made a great impression on this woman. These people seemed to really take their faith seriously and lived dedicated lives. Continue reading