The Music Will Never Stop

 The Music Will Never Stop

 

I was thinking about all the loss that has been experienced throughout the communities we serve. As well, the loss that we have experienced among our own staff. To lose a loved one is so difficult! We must be reminded to look past the temporal of this world to the permanence of eternity. I think of what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:20ff “For our citizenship is in heaven….,”

So often we concentrate on what we are losing rather than what we are gaining.

 

 Reflection

I used to think –

Loving life so greatly –

That to die would be

Like leaving a party

Before the end.

 

Now I know the party

Is really happening

Somewhere else;

That the light and the music –

Escaping in snatches

To make the pulse beat

And the tempo quicken –

Come from a long way

Away.

 

And I know too

That when I get there

The music will never end.

(Evangeline Patterson)

 

I am certain we have all heard the saying “All good things must come to an end” Speaking in terms of earthly things, this seems a fair assessment. However, cast against the backdrop of eternity and heaven’s reality it cannot be true! All the ugly of this life; death, sin, illness, pain will be consumed by the eternal promise of our Lord Jesus to a new life hidden in Him.

 

“But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

I Corinthians 15:54-58

 

Importance of Communication

We often hear the regurgitated words of importance concerning communication today to the point that often they fall on deaf ears.

In today’s area of technology not only do we need to listen and speak with clarity but read and write as well since so often now we are communicating via some form of electronic device. We need remember these tools are merely an extension of the tongue and the use of them come with the same responsibility as if we were speaking them.

I recently tried an experiment during a staff meeting devotion time. I simply had the person next to me read silently a sentence I wrote on a piece of paper. It read “A bear stole a beer from the refrigerator and drank it, but he didn’t get drunk.” The person then, from memory had to repeat it quietly to the person next to him. This sentence was quietly passed from person to person until it had gone around the entire conference room. When it had made its way through the approximately eighteen people in attendance, I asked the last person to report what had been shared with her. She stated, “The operator drank a beer and got drunk.” Wow, how did we get there! Was it really that difficult of a task? I thought they would do much better at this. However, when I consider all the people sitting around the table, all the different accents, all the different backgrounds, I began to understand how this could happen. It only solidified my position that communication in whatever form we use is so vitally important.

This exercise truly does reveal how important our communication is and how it can have great impact on the work we do. However, we should consider all our communication and how it impacts those around us as well. As Christians we are warned about the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21 declares “The tongue has the power of life and death.” The Apostle James had more direct words to say about our communication when he wrote speaking of the tongue “with it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God, from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.” James 3:9-10

May we speak with clarity that all would understand.

 

In His service,

Barry Campbell

Corporate Chaplain

Newby Management