“I know a man in Hell now.” That’s what the Preacher should have said if he were honest. But no one wanted an honest preacher today. Instead he talked of the good parts of the man’s life, how generous, and kind and caring he was, and what a shame it was he died young–all the things everyone wanted to hear. Old women daubed their eyes and a young lady softly whimpered.
The funeral home was unbearably warm, the small room packed. The preacher loosened his neck tie for the third time and talked of heaven and angels, hoping no one noticed the abrupt transition. He didn’t say the man was there, exactly, but he didn’t say he wasn’t there either. Best to let people think he might be.
#15. The Reckoning
Thunderstorms come as vivid reminders to us that our God is a consuming fire, infinitely loving but also infinitely holy. We long for Him to show His face in this world but do we really understand what that would mean?
#11. MYSTERY OF MERCY
I love Andrew Peterson’s identification with key characters in the Bible in this song and his flipping the cry of Jesus “my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” into the cry of the believer “my God, my God, why has thou accepted me?”, emphasizing and contrasting the parallel between the two.
“Rejected so I could be accepted.
Scorned so I could be cherished.
Exposed so I could be clothed.
Bound so I could be free.
Oh, Love which makes the lover ugly, to make the loved lovely.”
Why were we chosen for salvation and not others? It’s not based on works or merit or anything else we do, it’s a beautiful Mystery of Mercy.
THE NINETY AND NINE
A beautiful 19th century Scottish hymn based off of The Parable of the Lost Sheep as sung by Andrew Peterson.