Heady times

“God is over all things,
under all things; outside all;
within but not enclosed; without but not exclude;
above but not raised up; below but not depressed;
wholly above, presiding;
wholly beneath, sustaining;
wholly within, filling”

Hildebert of Lavardin

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(Timoleague Friary, County Cork, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

There had been a whirlwind of emotion
Exuberance road wildly as if on the back of a bronking bull…
Holding on for dear life…
Yet madly giddy within the rush and exhilaration of the ride.
Major changes raced across the winds…

Soaring endlessly upward, words and feelings rapidly flowed downward…
as if caught in a raging torrent…
There was so much that needed to be shared, expressed, re-lived.
Time was the enemy, this much we knew…
If put on hold or held back, it might all be too late…
or so we reasoned…

The depth of feeling was so raw yet so very real.
Clarity had been granted, but for how long was anyone’s guess.
There was a sense of power beyond self…
As if one was being guided and willed onward from some other different place and time.
This was bigger than all of us combined and it had to be shared…
It was truly a race between life and death…

All consuming is the best way to describe it.
Mad we were labeled…the activity deemed by the State…nefarious.
Hope and death mingled dangerously together…yet at the same time there existed a calm which surpassed understanding.
We had seen the results of being caught, accused, condemned….
Yet a resolute feeling of determination prevailed…we knew that all would be well…
With this feeling of hopefulness spurring on the momentum…
It was a heady time…

It was a time of grave danger with imminent death if discovered.
Yet there was no turning back…the die had been cast
Three years had laid the foundation, three days cemented our fate
A lifetime would be our legacy as thousands more would follow suit.

As it turned out, time would not be the deterrent…
We would weather the centuries of both denial and persecution…
We would work together across the oceans of the world, hand in hand…
allowing our words, our deeds, our actions to tell the story…
There were times when voices were silenced and many lives were lost…
But transformation had been found
Renewal had become a reality
Power was indeed found in the weak
The blind had seen and the lame had walked
As Salvation blanketed the land…

Yet now we wonder…
Where has the urgency gone?
Where has the importance of this story gone?
Has the truth been lost in complacency?
Where is the momentum…?
Do lives still not hang in the balance?
Is Hope not still viable…?

Miracles have not ceased…
Hearts are still turned…
Life has indeed conquered Death
Yet the headiness,
the acuteness,
the gravity…
seem all but lackluster…

The importance
The need
The urgency
are still very much necessary…
Yet those of us who have been left to further the cause, spread the word,
live the story…
have fallen into lethargy, compliance with the world and sadly indifference…

May we once again find the strength, the need, the urgency to continue to fight the good fight…
For it is Time who is no longer on our side….or so we have been warned.
The winds have shifted, the signs are real and the headiness of exuberance, need and necessity is all but waiting…for our time has come….
are we still willing to be the voice behind the story….
If not us, then who….


Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—
his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:1-9

I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
1 Corinthians 4:14-17

11 comments on “Heady times

  1. atimetoshare says:

    Wonderful words of wisdom.

  2. Nicodemas says:

    A wonderful post Julie! My observation is that the message is much more urgent and powerful in places where the people are open. Other Christians overseas seem to be more alive.

  3. Sad but so true! I have hope though with some of the young ones like my granddaughter and David’s daughter and son that maybe their lights will burn bright for all the world to see. You’ve been so quiet of late. I know things are tough, and I pray that you are finding some peaceful times in the midst of the madness. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

    • it’s been a busy time as well as tiring–I’ve been wanting to e-mail but haven’t had enough quiet time to think, let alone chat…but I will hopefully tomorrow–life with the loons was craziness this week—as there is always something up with her—Gloria the dammit doll has been busy 🙂
      Plus there have been some blue days –just seems to happen when the craziness accelerates—then it’ll all quiet down for a tad in order to start all over again—how’s the “move” coming along?

  4. Oh don’t worry about finding time to email me. If you get the time, that’s great but if now at least you’ve touched base tonight so that I’ve been reassured that you are hanging in there. The kids put in a bid on a house today. The first one didn’t pass inspection and there were just too many things wrong with it. So they’ve spent the last 3 days looking again and just texted that they had found one and put in the bid. She gave me a link so I can go look at it online and I will do that tomorrow. Chris starts work Monday and Nikki will head back here with the boys. Their house here will go on the market Monday and hopefully sell quickly. Then when they move, Chris’s parents and we will take our cars and go so we can take all the cats and dogs and rest of what furniture hasn’t already been loaded onto the moving van. Get some rest, missy. I hope that you can just take it easy alll day tomorrow. Love you, N 🙂 ❤

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