Friday, May 04, 2007

God is good....

... and that's a good thing. I was challenged in my reading the other night. I was reading an article by Rockwell Dillaman (for those in the C&MA he was the keynote at Assembly a year ago), in an article he wrote entitled "Ministering the Cross of Jesus Christ" he quotes a missionary, Mabel Francis:

"I had thought that when I was cleansed by the blood of Jesus and filled with the Holy SPirit all the self life was taken away. He showed me that His method of dealing with the self-life was not just cleansing, but crucifixion. I said, 'Lord Jesus, I don't know how to die. Teach me to die.'"

I don't know if I know how to die either...

rambling on....

I've been listening to U2 today as I write. I have looped Hawkmoon 269 (from the Rattle and Hum album) for a little while. Besides making want a fresh pot of coffee, I have thinking through this song and it reminds a great deal of the worship tune by Brian Doerksen entitled "More" (I wonder if James Wharrie's finger have healed from playing that tune for me ad-nauseum?).

The question that both songs are currently bringing up within my soul is: Do I feel the need for my God's love as much as:

" Like thunder needs rain
Like a preacher needs pain
Like tongues of flame
Like a sweet stain
Need your love
I need your love.
"
(U2- Hawkmoon 269)

-OR-

More than oxygen, I need your love
More life giving food the hungry dream of
More than an eloquent word depends on the tongue
More than a passionate song needs to be sung
(Brian Doerksen - More)
As I write about the church today, my prayer is that each us would begin to yearn so deeply and completely that even those words would be inadequate to express our need for our God.

2 comments:

Tara said...

I love you Doug but wow, you have terrible grammar. Guess that's why I proofread your papers eh?

I still like the song "More" ... it's been awhile since I've heard it done well. Perhaps we could invite James out to do worship one sunday. :)

the Doug said...

Quiet you. Not all of us are brainiacs. And yes that's why I get you to proof read my papers, sheesh, we have to put that graduating with highest honors to use somehow don't we?