Saturday, November 1, 2014

Acorns: Listen for it

When the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song
and hearts are brave again and arms are strong
Alleluia, Alleluia 

(from For All the Saints)

Do you hear it? 
Stop and listen for the song, the distant triumph song of those who have gone before, who have seen now with their own eyes His promises fufilled. 

They assure us, it will not always be this way.
We will not always fear, we will not always wonder if our work has been done in vain. We will see and know God, even as he sees and knows us now. The veil will be removed. We will be welcomed home and we will be given rest.

And what is given by our faithful God shall not be taken away.

Stay the course, dear church militant, for soon and very soon you will join the church triumphant.

And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them."

Revelation 21:6

“Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!

Job 19:23-27

Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.

Psalm 116:15

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

1 Cor 15:16-28


If you are curious, I did not pose the above picture! He likes to have a book so he can read himself to sleep. A hymnal was all he could find that day!

The hymn this young son of God is resting under is called "Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise."
What a perfect triumph song for us to sing as we remember our saints and look forward to our life together with them.

(Click here for lyrics, tune, and explanation from Pr. Weedon.)

Thine the amen Thine the praise
Alleluias angels raise
Thine the everlasting head
Thine the breaking of the bread
Thine the glory Thine the story
Thine the harvest then the cup
Thine the vineyard then the cup is lifted up, lifted up.

Thine the life eternally
Thine the promise let there be
Thine the vision Thine the tree
All the earth on bended knee
Gone the nailing gone the railing
Gone the pleading gone the cry
Gone the sighing gone the dying what was loss lifted high.

Thine the truly Thine the yes
Thine the table we the guest
Thine the mercy all from Thee
Thine the glory yet to be
Then the ringing and the singing
Then the end of all the war
Thine the living Thine the loving evermore, evermore.

Thine the kingdom Thine the prize
Thine the wonder full surprise
Thine the banquet then the praise
Then the justice of Thy ways
Thine the glory Thine the story
Then the welcome to the least
Then the wonder all increasing at Thy feast, at Thy feast.

Thine the glory in the night
No more dying only light
Thine the river Thine the tree
Then the Lamb eternally
Then the holy holy holy Celebration jubilee
Thine the splendor Thine the brightness only Thee only Thee.

This week I am sharing pieces of my All Saints Scrapbook.

Why not make your own?

It can be as simple as this:

Need help getting started?

For a text file of my favorite Scriptures, quotes and articles click here.


Who are you remembering this week?
Share a photo and (if you like) some words with me (via facebook or email
and I'll publish them all on Saturday. 
Then, I'll randomly choose one of you to win a free copy of my newest book, 
Between Seasons.


If you liked this article, you may enjoy Emily’s newly released book: 

It is available for purchase on Amazon, along with her other books: Tend to Me: Devotions for Mothers, and Weak and Loved: A Mother-Daughter Love Story.

Emily Cook is a tree-climber, child chaser, author and blogger.  She is a woman growing backward, a mother-child, messy with sin, but rejoicing in the constant love of her Heavenly Father. She lives with her husband and their six children in the arms of the church where he is a pastor.  

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