Sunday, August 9, 2009

Heart of God

It is Sunday night - not sure what to write. When that happens it is best if I keep it simple. There are too many things in my head - and not enough handles to express them with.

Jensen is back with me tonight after being with friends - he had a great time. Robbie is away at a retreat - no self-phones. (Remember what we did before cell phones!) Debbie is watching over Jacob and trying to calm him down. The last two nights it seems like around 10pm he starts to get unsettled before bed. Jake's vital signs remain strong. His temp is low. His breathing good. It is time for Jake to wake up a bit more. Time for him to come back to us. Time for Jacob to wake up.

In the church service I went to this morning they sang this song by Chris Tomlin:

You're the God of this City
You're the King of these people
You're the Lord of this nation You are

You're the Light in this darkness
You're the Hope to the hopeless
You're the Peace to the restless You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

As we sang the song, they showed video footage of thousands of people walking. I found out later was an aids walk that they participated in last year.

I cried.

Now I admit I do cry a bit more often right now than I normally do - but I was so overcome with the heart of God. Not just for Jacob but for The City. And what is happening - the opportunities that people are having to see God glorified. As I hear of people turning to God, turning back to God, treating people as Christ would treat them - I hear the heart of God. Being the church and not just going to church.

As we pray for Jacob - I hope we are also praying for opportunity. Perhaps Jacob's Journey will help you to care for people with the love of God on your own journey. Though I could willingly take the Isaac's Journey as Abraham did, I do not want to miss what God is doing in the midst of Jacob's Journey. A big part of that is God molding my heart to be as his heart - that I would see the City as he sees the City. I have a long way to God but Monday begins a new opportunity to make choices that reflect the heart of God.

Praying that we would be love and peace in the midst of Jacob's Journey.

Tom (Dad)

Please also keep including others in this journey - we desperately desire that more and more would pray and join Jacob's Journey.


Anonymous said...

As I was reading in James this morning I was mindful of you, Tom. How your faith is so alive to others because of how you are putting your faith to work (faith without works is dead), by blogging and letting others know your deepest heart while still being the pastor/teacher that you are. Thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing so intimately with all of us. Know we are there with you in spirit and in truth, because we love and serve the same God that you love and serve - the same Miracle Working God that Abraham, David, Moses and Paul served before us. Julie Bayly

Victoria said...

Rec'd this email request to post from Carol:

Hi Tom,
God is amazing! He is walking with you, giving you hope in the midst of this trial. Thank you for all your comments whether long or short. It's about what God is doing and what He wants to do in His bride/church. It's like those who have ears to hear let them hear what the Spirit is saying. It's like the virgins with the oil.

Lord pour Your oil all over Jacob to bring healing to every part of him. Help him to wake up, stand and sit up. Help him to say a few words every day. God continue to pour Your oil all over Tom, Debbie, Robbie and Jensen. That
their hearts would remain pliable in Your hands and so that they can change this world for Your glory.

They will be able to tell of Your goodness, faithfulness and grace because of what they have been through.
Blessings, Carol

Anonymous said...

Once again, you've hit a core spot in my heart. I, too, just recently learned of this song, and absolutely love it. While it applies to every city, it rings a little truer to me because I live in Las Vegas. Talk about a lost city - and yet really it's no more lost than any other city, just more blatant about it's "lostness."

I also hope that there are greater things yet to come for both AJ and Jake. My faith, while greatly tested at times, leads me to believe that God is, indeed, at work and does have greater things for both of these precious boys. What, exactly, I have no idea, but God DOES have a special plan for each of their lives, just as He does for each of our lives.

Still praying that Jake will wake up soon, and for continued strength, rest, and perseverance for you, Debbie, Robbie, and Jensen, as well as all others who are there with you, day in and day out. Lord, please put Your healing hand on Jake. Use him, Lord, to further Your kingdom here on earth.

Sending you a big hug,