We're still alive. We made it through week one of the next four years. Can we continue with our lives now?
I feel like its been such an emotion few days, tensions high, energy depleted, compassion out the door. Now that we've had time to accept, reject, protest, laugh, come to grips with reality, can we resume our daily living? Don't we know as Christians, who's really sovereign over all the universe? Don't we know who allowed the new president to sit on the seat at the White House? I feel we have allowed ourselves to retrogress from the saving faith and peace that Christ has, when we abide in Him. I feel like last Wednesday was a whirlwind of hatred and negativity in a time so vital to have spirits lifted.
A lot of headlines in the news were overlooked as well, did you know that...
- Leonard Cohen, influential singer and song-writer, the author of the all-famous Hallelujah, passed away at 82? http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/leonard-cohen-dead-at-82-w449792 - I missed it.
- 2016 Croydon Tram Derailment, in the United Kingdom, that killed seven people and injured another fifty-one people, was one of the deadliest transport incident in years? http://www.itv.com/news/london/2016-11-09/tram-overturns-in-croydon-tunnel/ - I missed this one too.
- FARC; the rebel guerrilla group in Colombia, announced a peace deal after years of war and rebellion? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37965392 - bet you didn't catch that one.
The point is, we allow ourselves to get so wrapped up in the moment, we miss out on the rest of the world and what is going on, or even whats going on in our own homes, families, hearts.
Coming from Remembrance Day weekend, I felt that the following content would be appropriate. A week yesterday, I had the privilege to watch a movie with my dad called, Hacksaw Ridge. If your not a war movie aficionado, feel free to tune out of this part, but can I encourage you? Please try to read this part, its worthwhile. This movie is probably one of my all-time favourite war movies now, next to Saving Private Ryan. Directed by Mel Gibson, this tale of a young Pvt. Desmond T. Doss, who enlisted into the army with the title of a CO or Conscientious Objector, refusing to bear arms in the war, while still being active in the army as a medic, saved the lives of 75 men, in the Battle of Okinawa...without ever firing a bullet. This man, Desmond Doss of Lynchburg, Virginia, was a beautiful example of a selfless, compassionate, and humble man, while looking at death straight in the eyes, continues with his mission to save lives. When the second wave of the Japanese hit the American's in the following morning, it was a brutal hit to the American's and depleted them of their men, and while all the other soldiers that fell back, repelled the cliff to make it to safety, one man resolved in his mind to stay on top, go back into hell, and save the lives of men that were helpless. In the moments after the last man repelled down to safety, it was Desmond Doss and the rope, and in that moment, he asked God to give him a sign, give him something to go back for as he stared back at the ridge now a grave full of men in his company. He begged and pleaded, until he heard a cry from across the ridge; it was one of his men from his company. He ran to his aid and began to stitch him up and pull him close to the cliff...and then it clicked. The rope he learned how to make by accident in training would be perfect to repel down the injured soldier, and thats exactly what he did! He went back and found another soldier from his company, and prayed to the Lord for his safety and that He would make it through. Then every time he saved one life, he prayed to the Lord...Just One More, Just One More. This happened 75 times, as the efforts of this one man, the very same man, they ostracized and battered in basic training, saved their lives, with no prejudice, no hatred towards them but love.
"Just One More"
It was at that very moment in the movie, that I could no longer hold back the tears, but let them burst forth from my eyes as if the lids of my eyes were dams and the waves of my soul of compassion, mercy, and peace caused the dams to explode and bear forth warm, sparkling liquid that reflected the state of my mind. I feel like this story of Desmond Doss is a glimpse of what Christ did on the cross for us, Just One More Father, Just One More, as He was nailed, as He was bruised, spat on, mocked, whipped, betrayed, scorned by the very ones he loved and still does. I still have goosebumps writing this, thinking of how little I understand of what my Saviour did on the cross for me. My hope and prayer is that you too will have that longing in your heart when it comes to the souls of humanity. Lord, help me today to bring just one more closer to you, just one more into your loving embrace, just one more servant for the kingdom of heaven. I hope these words you are reading are not too harsh but just enough to stir the inner most depths of your soul and make a decision today, to stand on guard for the kingdom of heaven, and be an active soldier of the company of Zion.
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13
If you haven't already, go watch the movie as well.
With a soft heart, I express my gratitude in the most minute way, to all those men and women, who have, with unwavering strength and faith, sacrificed their lives for their families, their comfortable living, their country, and even their KING. God bless each and every one of you and you will never be forgotten.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
In other news...
Stay tuned for new things throughout the week...
I know I've said it before, but we're hoping to launch episode 2 of the podcast (sorry been really busy guys, but that's no excuse) and hoping to record episode 3 in the meantime.
Another announcement in the works, regarding a "print shoppe" down the road...more to come.
More photography being posted on the website as well as content for the weeks leading up to Christmas, thinking of doing something special then.
New years refresh as I like to call it, is in effect, and will be until January 1st, 2017. Rebranding the company, getting stationary, business cards, and updating the website.
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