PASSING – Dedicated to Those Gone Before Us and God Who’s Still Here

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)

This weekend the Matriarch of a dear friend and her sweet family passed away. As I listen to Amy Grant’s songs, “Better Not to Know” and “How Mercy Looks from Here” I think of my wonderful friend. I think of all the memories she and her family have of this wonderful lady that was in their life for so long. The other day as I was driving home the words below began to spill into my brain and even though they are nothing original, I tried my best to capture life “in nutshell”.  

But I didn’t want to just express life and death, I also wanted to breath God into this life. God is here. He was always here, He always will be even when we don’t want Him to be. God is here. Through it all. 


Human hearts bleed while angels sing
life and death intermingle
day turns to night and night into being
of days, weeks, years of eternity
Or –
is eternity in a year?

One day born and the next life – has been explored
looking back at the
sorrows and fears, hopes and dreams,
when time stood still
while the time machine flew through space.

Realization dawns behind tear stained eyes
in the Aha moments that take by surprise
breath catches, lump of throat
God was there all along.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©18 February 2014

*Dedicated to Karen Murphy and Family*
Amy Grant’s latest album titled “How Mercy Looks from Here” is soft and very expressive. Very humbling with words of poetry for the soul. This first video is called “Better Not to Know” about how it is better not to know when things will happen to us in life. I don’t listen to it often as it is a sad song to me but I love how her lyrics speak to the heart of how life is lived. 
This second song from her alum that I am posting is the song her album is titled after. How Mercy Looks From Here really expresses Karen’s mother-in-law in many ways. Amy’s song pictures a woman who lived into her 90’s and the things she saw and experienced and how mercy helped her through it all. A very touching song. 
© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2014
© Photos by BridgesCreations, 2014


        I AM ZECHARIAH**

You turned off the light and shut the door
You walked on out
Not looking back just kept on going
Life has a way of cause and effect
You kept doubting
Time flew by with wings as eagles.

Now you stand
In utter misery hands empty in despair
Looking at the door
You know what you need to do
You don’t have to knock
Just reach out and turn the key –
See the light underneath?
I have been waiting, I have remembered
Don’t hesitate, I know it is scary
But I can’t wait
To have you in My arms again.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©11 January 2014
**Zecharaiah is a Biblical name (Prophet) meaning: The LORD has remembered**

This is mercy. 
This is grace.
This is Jesus just waiting to for you to come to Him.
He never forgot you. He has never left you. HE HAS REMEMBERED YOU!
And He longs to embrace you with love as you’ve never felt it before. 
This is love. 

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.  Luke 15:20-24
Video: When God Ran by Phillips, Craig and Dean
I was so ashamed, all alone and so far away
But now I know He’s been waiting for this day
I saw Him run to me, He took me in His arms
Held my head to His chest, said “My son’s come home again”
Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice I felt His love for me again ” 
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014