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Dad’s favorite song

4 Jan

Stories to Inspire

How would you know if a Heavenly entity was trying to get your attention?   Would they talk to you… would they knock on the door… would they cause a feather to fall in front of you… would they appear in a dream… or ??

You see, as we begin to believe Heb 12:22-23 more fully, we realize that we are currently in the midst of innumerable angels and we are with the church of the Firstborn and all those who’s names are registered in Heaven, etc.  They’re all around us… because we’re in their territory – if we believe our Bibles.  So the communities of earth are learning to integrate with the communities of Heaven.  Paul charges us to set our affections on these things above… don’t think about earth-things anymore (Col 3:1-2).

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.  You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,…” – Heb 12:22-23 

So, not long ago we were activating our faith to engage with all the entities in that passage.  A thought popped into my mind, so I simply spoke, “Be open to a melody of a song which may help you be aware of one of these saints in ‘the cloud’ nearby.”

Here, Debbie relates what she encountered during that activation…
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Dad’s favorite song

One of my father’s favorite songs was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.  Years ago, in a beautiful outdoor setting at The Garden Gate Tea Room, a curious thing happened.  We were leading worship at a benefit in my father’s honor, and were in the middle of singing this very song, when someone came up and whispered in my ear that Dad had just passed away.  I looked up to the clear night sky full of bright shining stars, and with tears streaming down my face, we continued to sing…

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Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His Glory and Grace

Some of my last words to Dad were thanking him for leading me to Jesus.  So when I hear this song, I always think of him.  But now, this song has taken on new meaning. 

As Mark led us in an activation, I couldn’t hold back the tears.  I realized that Dad had been singing that song to us the night he went home.  I understood for the first time, that Dad was in the great cloud of witnesses worshiping at the Heavenly Garden Gate while we worshiped from the earthly Garden Gate.  And we were singing the same song together.  I felt Heaven and earth merging more than ever before.

Now, every time I hear this song, I will be even more aware of the rich resource and blessing of all those in this “great cloud of witnesses”

Thanks, Dad.  Thank you for continuing to remind me to turn my eyes upon Jesus. – DH

— MLH