The fool has said

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Thursday night Steven Newby musician extraordinaire yielded himself to the Spirit and led the SPU Gospel Choir in an hour+ of worship and God showed up.

I kept thinking of the psalmist’s word, “the fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”

There are times when God’s presence is so real there is no doubt. And when you listen to the lyrics about Jesus, “you said you would be raised up in three days and you did it¢â‚¬¦” I don’t mind telling you–shivers up the spine time.

And when Steven asked us to recite a scripture verse all at the same time and the cacophony of sound rang through the hall, and young and old, Black, Euro, Asian and Latino were united in praise, and heaven got pulled a little closer into earth’s gravitational pull, and some people’s body’s molecular structure got momentarily rearranged and students were given the chance to be prayed for and they streamed down the aisle and were deposited at an old fashioned prayer rail– “The FOOL has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”

And tomorrow at 4 AM I head to the airport to catch a plane and I will be back at the site of the World Trade Center for the first time since 911 and I will think of Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics:

“The sky was falling and streaked with blood.
You gave your love to see in fields of red and autumn brown.
You gave your love to me and lay your young body down.
It was dark and you held me in the light..
You lay your hand on me then walked into the darkness of your smoky grave.
Into the fire, up the stairs.
Duty called you someplace higher.”

And I will think of Jesus of whom the Apostle Paul said,

” Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death
even death on a cross.”

And I will think of the Psalmist “”the fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”

And I will think of Steven Newby’s praise service.

And I will praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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