“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Even with all I have lost in this life I still believe in love. Even when love seems silent, I believe in love. Even if God seems silent, I believe in Him for He is divine love, manifested to us in His Son Jesus Christ.[1] He abides with me.

So too, my experience with human love has proved that it remains even after death and time. 

Me at my parents' grave
My father has been dead or 45 years yet a candle of love for him burns bright within my heart. I trust I will see my father again, within my final joy with Christ.[2] 
LaRee and me

My love for my wife, LaRee, dates back to childhood. We have been married more than 40 years. God blessed our marriage with love and it deepens with the passage of time. She gave birth to our two children who were loved by God from before their conception and by LaRee and me since the day we discovered we would have them. Our children have always been loved and they return love to us.

Now, we have five grandchildren. Love grows exponentially. I may be a loser by material standards.  If I lose my possessions or even my life, love still abides because Christ abides and He is the source of my love. Yes, even when He is silent, His love abides.

[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYwYMngq4II, St. Olaf Choir "Even When He Is Silent"]

[1] John 3.16, 1John 4.16-19.
[2] 1Thessalonians 4.16-18, 5.10. Cp. John 14.3, 17.24.

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