Tuesday, March 2, 2010

passing from this earth

My Uncle Smith passed away today. I was not able to be with my Dad as he lost his brother, this made me sad. As we talked he described my uncle's passing including how he seemed to linger until the final goodbyes were spoken.

I was reading the words of Deitrich Bonhoeffer earlier today where he talked about the scripture that says, "Sing unto the Lord a new song"... he goes on in much detail about what this means to the body of Christ, but, in the context of my Uncle's passing I loved this selection of his writing. "On earth it is the song of those who believe, in heaven the song of those who see..." No longer is it just by faith but by site!

He goes on to say "the fact that we sing it (on earth) only expresses the fact that our spoken words are inadequate to express what we want to say, that the burden of our song goes far beyond all human words."

My Uncle at this very moment can 'see' the song...their praise raising to their King, my Uncle singing perhaps the very loudest as one of the newest arrivals. Tonight he sees the song!

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