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Robin and Leona Roberts - 50 years together

be swept away

DSC02689This is my endlessly recurrent temptation:  to go down to that Sea (I think St. John of the Cross called God a sea) and there neither dive nor swim nor float, but only dabble and splash, careful not to get out of my depth and holding on to the lifeline which connects me with my things temporal.

     —C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

 

Things temporal is the stuff of life and in that stuff I find safety, pleasure, purpose, identity and help. 

But it doesn’t last.  It is . . . temporal. 

So I strive for more.  And in that striving I allow little time for things eternal. I make no room for God. 

Yet I long for something deeper.  I look to the horizon of the great waters. I exult at its beauty and breadth and mystery—and I shudder too.

Did someone call my name? I step toward the depth and the exhilaration is quickly doused by a cold water concern for my temporal shoes.

They are wet and I am only in ankle deep. I responsibly step back to the eroding shore. It is temporal too.

I am still longing for something . . .

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Please take five minutes and listen to “The River” by Steve Green. I encountered this song many years ago and its message greatly affected the trajectory of my life.  The lyrics are included below the video.

 

 

There's a river ever flowing
Widening, never slowing
And all who wade out in are swept away

When it ends, where it's going
Like the wind no way of knowing
Until we answer the call to risk it all and enter in

The river calls, we can't deny
A step of faith is our reply
We feel the spirit draw us in
The water's swift, we're forced to swim

We're out of control
And we go where he flows

There's a river ever flowing
Widening, never slowing
And all who wade out in are swept away

When it ends, where it's going
Like the wind no way of knowing
Until we answer the call to risk it all and enter in

Danger awaits at every turn
We choose a course, we live and learn
As we surrender to His will
We're at peace but we're seldom still

He is in control
And we go where he flows

There's a river ever flowing
Widening, never slowing
And all who wade out in are swept away

When it ends and where it's going
Like the wind no way of knowing
Until we answer the call to risk it all
Until we answer the call to risk it all

There's a river ever flowing
Widening, never slowing
And all who wade out in are swept away

When it ends and where it's going
Like the wind no way of knowing
Until we answer the call to risk it all
Until we answer the call to risk it all

It's widening, never slowing
Will we answer and risk it all?
There's a river ever flowing, ever flowing
Be swept away

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