DayBreaks for 5/02/14 – Love’s Niagara Falls

DayBreaks for 5/02/14 – Love’s Niagara Falls

Psalm 36:5 (NIV) – Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

I’ve never seen Niagara Falls up close.  I’ve only beheld it from something like 30,000 feet, and even then, it was impressive.  Those I know who have seen it up close say it is an experience to be heard and felt, as much as seen.

It is not a mistake, I am sure, that the two greatest commandments are both about love.  After all, as John the apostle wrote, “God is love.”  It is his very nature, just as DNA is intertwined with our nature. 

Of all things, the church is called to be the cherub of God’s love to the world.  Sadly, we often fail (nearly complete at times) in representing that love.  Let me continue with some thoughts from Mark Buchanan again today, from his book, Your Church Is too Safe: “…it’s tragic whenever God’s love goes astray in any of us, gets lost in translation.  It’s tragic whenever love’s Niagara Falls, poured into our hearts, trickles out Cripple Creek.  It’s maybe more damaging to know the love of God and not share it than never to know it in the first place; isn’t that what Jesus found so damnable in so many of Israel’s religious leaders, men upon whom God had lavished his inheritance but who became older brothers, not squandering it but hoarding it, complaining about its scarcity?

“But it’s also important because without extravagant love, the church will never turn the world on its head. It won’t even turn the world’s head.  Without love, the church will leave the world exactly how we found it.  We’ll be no better than a priest or a Levite walking past a man in a ditch, leaving him to die.”  

Often, the church gets serious black eyes because of the ungodly antics of folks like some of those at Westboro Baptist church.  Churches that act in that fashion seem to give Christianity huge black eyes and they feed the caricature of Christians, creating a piranha-like feeding orgy of attacks on Christians.  They are not acting in love – regardless of their protestations to the contrary.

But in the final analysis, the church is made up of individuals, people like you and me.  We are all flawed.  The question of the day is: am I acting in love?  Am I part of the Niagara Falls of God’s love that He is trying to pour into the world on this day?  Do I act like it?  Do I speak like it? 

PRAYER: Your love is so overwhelming, so vast and powerful!  Let us be part of the flow of your love into a world that is so desperate for love!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 5/01/14 – The Music of Heaven

DayBreaks for 5/01/14 – The Music of Heaven

Psalm 139:13 (NLT) – You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Dr. Kathleen Wermke at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, published her results from a project in which she compared the cries of German newborns with those of French newborns. (Where do people get such ideas?)  What she discovered was shocking: babies cry with an accent.  In short, the intonation pattern of the newborns mimicked the “melody” of the mother, i.e, the speech patterns characteristic of the mother’s native language.  The French tend to have a rise at the end of a sentence while the opposite is true of speakers of German.  The womb-bound baby hears that intonation and copies it at birth.

In effect, the baby has been eavesdropping on its mom for nine months, putting its ears to work, listening to the train of her sorrow and happiness coming for miles.  The child emerges from the mother’s body with her voice ringing in its ears, or as Mark Buchanan put it: “…her music echoing in its own bones.  Like an opera singer’s understudy, the child is formed in the presence of a mighty voice.  Sprawling naked into daylight, its first instinct is to sing its mother’s song.

“This got me wondering.  If earth is heaven’s womb, if time is eternity’s belly, what song do we overhear from heaven that we try to sing on earth?  We may sing it poorly, squalling and squawking, but we sing it instinctually.  It’s in our bones.  So what’s the music of heaven?  What’s the voice of the Father that every human’s heard, at least in muffled form, and every human can copy, at least in mangled form?

“Love.  Love is the music of heaven.  When we love, no matter how awkwardly, we hum an anthem sung perfectly, all day, every day, in heaven.  Our humming might be nearly tuneless.  It might be fragmentary, staccato, uneven.  It might be croaky, jangly, warbly.  It may be hard for others to identify the melody.  It might be hard on the ears.  But there it is, the Father’s voice thinly echoed in our own.”Your Church is Too Safe

I know that far too often I don’t sing the music of heaven very well.  But there it is – buried somewhere in every human heart, the ability to love.  Where does it come from?  Surely, such a thing is not the chance result of electricity and chemistry, the end result of eons of mixing in a chemical cesspool.  No, I suspect that it is in our hearts precisely for the reason that Buchanan suggests: we’ve heard the song from the moment of conception (perhaps even before) – it has been placed into the very warp and woof of our existence, by a Father who sung the song over us as He formed us, hidden in our mother’s womb!

PRAYER: Thank you, Father, for singing Your song over us and placing its music in our very own hearts! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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