1,500 feet

I remember your enthusiasm.

I remember you jokingly vent about your new car being rear-ended the first day on the road.

I remember how you do not like driving across town without GPS, I totally understand because that is just like me.

I remember your wisdom coming across the table on that summer day and we sat over our plates of bacons and eggs, “Everyone’s journey is different.”

I remember the excitement of knowing you could roll a few eloquent slangs out of your tongue.

I remember I was impressed and intrigued.

I remember you make me feel like home as I talked to you.

I remember you love giving long and detailed story.

I remember you are very careful with how you spend your time, even that you always offer to take me out for coffee and catch up.

I remember as I listened to you praying, your faith is all I could grasp as every word from your lips speaks out of His hope and His strength.

I remember your strong authoritative voice as you lead your flock.

I remember how you tenderly lead one hurting sheep before me and encourage me to share my experience to walk alongside and empower.

I remember how much you spent on your heavy duty rainboots versus how much I spent on mine, we exchanged shopping tips.

I remember one line in many of your emails, “You have to give me tips on how to be a good mother.”

I re-read that line, I can’t remember whether we have continued that conversation.  I trust that one day we will have this conversation!

As I pray for you, this vision lingers on as I remember you now.

Ezekial 47:1-12 Trees on Both Sides of the River

47 1-2 Now he brought me back to the entrance to the Temple. I saw water pouring out from under the Temple porch to the east (the Temple faced east). The water poured from the south side of the Temple, south of the altar. He then took me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the gate complex on the east. The water was gushing from under the south front of the Temple.

3-5 He walked to the east with a measuring tape and measured off fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water waist-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet. By now it was a river over my head, water to swim in, water no one could possibly walk through.

6-7 He said, “Son of man, have you had a good look?”

Then he took me back to the riverbank. While sitting on the bank, I noticed a lot of trees on both sides of the river.

8-10 He told me, “This water flows east, descends to the Arabah and then into the sea, the sea of stagnant waters. When it empties into those waters, the sea will become fresh. Wherever the river flows, life will flourish—great schools of fish—because the river is turning the salt sea into fresh water. Where the river flows, life abounds. Fishermen will stand shoulder to shoulder along the shore from En-gedi all the way north to En-eglaim, casting their nets. The sea will teem with fish of all kinds, like the fish of the Great Mediterranean.

11 “The swamps and marshes won’t become fresh. They’ll stay salty.

12 “But the river itself, on both banks, will grow fruit trees of all kinds. Their leaves won’t wither, the fruit won’t fail. Every month they’ll bear fresh fruit because the river from the Sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.”

I stand before You now
The greatness of Your renown
I have heard of the majesty and wonder of You
King of Heaven in humility, I bow

As Your love
In wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You’ve made a way
For all to enter in

I have heard You call my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So, I will let You draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace, Your grace

You make me brave
You make me brave
You called me out beyond the shore
Into the waves

You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now
The love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now
The promises you made

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