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Dusty, but great

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I took a random sprint across time and space yesterday evening, one that “A Beautiful Mind” protagonist John Nash might have called physical, metaphysical, and sublime.

I crossed distances, going from my home, to a rural hamlet where a Native American war chant was being proudly played by a high school band, the backdrop for what could be described as a basketball game, maybe.

I left said (or, unsaid, as the case may be) hamlet, and crossed miles and miles of rolling terrain beneath a moon vailed behind an eery fog.

I crossed time, ending this pilgrimage of sorts, a delivery mission of precious cargo, driving weary and alone through a large metropolis, full of life, lights, and chaos. It seemed every mile or so that passed in the midnight hour was accompanied by erratic drivers or the brilliant glare of police lights.
It was as if the chaos was competing with the brilliant skyline on the horizon before me, calling out to command an evil attention to itself, and to distract me from the beautiful, but decaying creation that I was witnessing.

I layed down to rest a few short minutes later, the lights, sounds, and faces of it all racing through a brain that was overtaxed and overstimulated all at the same time.

As I awoke a mere hours later to a racing heart and to the sound of chimes all around, my mind settled on an equally complex and beautiful creation; Dusty, but great.

A few feet from my bed for night sat a small ceramic dish containing a lock of hair from a great grandmother of mine. It reminded me of the names, faces, and life stories of those who preceded me, weaving in and out with mine and with those of the young lives that are following after us.

That lock, that strand of hair, and of DNA, is the history of life, and a part of the basic building blocks of those in the future, beauty, traits, and flaws weaving in and out like the lighted traffic of a major city, a colorful helix that is at the core of life.
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Behind it all lies a Creator, and a creation, one without war chants, or decaying buildings, or concussions, or cancers. Only beauty, undefiled.

To quote a song:

There is, behind the azure blue, a God, concealed from human sight.

HE tinted skies with heavenly hue, and framed the world with His great might.

From dust our God created man.

HE is our God, the great I AM.

Amen.

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I attended a funeral yesterday.   If you don’t do that much yourself, you should give it a try, especially when the person’s life story was a good one, even if, and even though they are no longer with you.

I’d only met and talked with Tim once, about a year and a half ago, and those moments moved me.   The service yesterday celebrating his life was even more moving.   It was punctuated by some wonderful music, words and thoughts that took me through my own struggles and setbacks.

Even if they don’t go away, and even though this life is temporary, never once does God have us go through it alone.   We have Him, and we have one another.

The lyrics to one of the songs follow, penned and sung by Matt Redmon.   I hope they lift your spirits, even a bit.

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Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1bXG4WIesA

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This may be the best commercial I’ve noticed since the old MacThat you may contribute a verse… Orwellian Super Bowl aid in 1988. Very moving.

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