Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Last night I was having a difficult time getting to sleep.  When that problem occurs one of my solutions is to get a good hymn running through my head so I can calm things down and drift off.  My choice last night was hymn # 165 – Abide with Me; ‘Tis Eventide…

          Abide with me; ‘tis eventide.
          The day is past and gone;
          The shadows of the evening fall;
          The night is coming on.
          Within my heart a welcome guest,
          Within my home abide.

Thankfully, it did the trick and I soon drifted off to a somewhat restful sleep.  But when I woke this morning I found that there was cause to seek after greater help in finding peace.  It seems the Supreme Court of the United States has chosen to change the way things are done where it concerns the laws of marriage.

          Abide with me; ‘tis eventide.
          Thy walk today with me
          Has made my heart within burn,
          As I communed with thee.
          Thy earnest words have filled my soul
          And kept me near thy side.

Despite thousands of years of tradition and support from the majority of the American public, the federal Defense of Marriage Act was found to be unconstitutional because it perpetuated a perceived form of discrimination.  This decision equates the denial of marriage rights between same-sex couples with the denial of rights for individual races to be treated fairly.  The challenge now becomes to protect the rights of religious entities (Churches) from laws that will seek to force changes in their beliefs concerning marriage.

          Abide with me; ‘tis eventide.
          And lone will be the night
          If I cannot commune with the,
          Nor find in thee my light.
          The darkness of the world, I fear,
          Would in my home abide.

Truthfully, I was sure this day would come so I am not that surprised.  But I am saddened that we have come so far and fallen so low that this has become the norm for our society. 

          O Savior, stay this night with me;
          Behold, ‘tis eventide.
          O Savior, stay this night with me;
          Behold, ‘tis eventide.

As dark as the days ahead may appear, there is the knowledge that we know who wins the war.  The Savior and His followers will find peace after the night of darkness as they follow the prophets of God.  May we have the calm that comes from knowing the truth.

Jesus will win this war!!!

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