Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I once heard Sheryl Crow cover the famous Johnny Cash song, "Redemption Day," and it absolutely blew me away. The lyrics to this song are really powerful and the theme of redemption even more so. I write this not to talk about a late 90's female singer, but to bring up the topic of deliverance. The definition of redemption always ties back to the sinner's search for rescue, the main reason for Christ's sufferings. I can't help but listen to the song which discusses the "train to Heaven's gate" and think of how we're all delivered on a daily basis. God allows us pardon in the form of mercy in a way that can't be rivaled.

I just read an article on a satirical Christian blog that talks about the Rangers triumph over the Yankees in a true David v. Goliath sports story. Specifically, he talks about Josh Hamilton and all he's overcome in his road to personal and professional glory. Goodness, this guy has struggled. Struggled more than most will ever know. To taste greatness that was literally given to you and let it all slip away, only to get it back again, is a true gift from the Lord. You have to believe he was meant for greatness. Not the kind of greatness that the world measures (wealth, power, notoriety) but greatness on a higher level. To be given the opportunity to use your gifts for the glory of the Lord is something that can't be taken lightly. The higher the rise, the greater the fall. I'm not sure anyone knows that as much as Josh Hamilton and his family.

I dare say that no matter what the outcome is in his next week of "play," his work has already been fulfilled. The platform that he will be given can only be added to what he's already started. Hopefully when the excitement comes (and will undoubtedly go) that the kingdom will remain impacted in a real way. Lucky us to watch it unfold and lucky Josh to get called up...

It's in the soul to feel such things

But weak to watch without speaking
Oh what mercy sadness brings
If God be willing

There is a train that's heading straight
To heaven's gate, to heaven's gate
And on the way, child and man,
And woman wait, watch and wait
For redemption day


  1. Love this. You're right, how lucky we are to see his story unfold. God is good and full of mercy and grace. Thank goodness when we are weak he is strong. Love you!

  2. I was JUST about to send you the link to the "stuff Christians like" article when you threw it out there in the middle. How great was that?! Here's to more ginger ale celebrations and all they stand for. XOXO