The Gifts that Make Memorials

by Tamika Eason on May 28, 2012

Here homes have fences. And people drive wood in dirt for privacy. Walk a few feet and a stranger is camped behind brick. We smile but don’t speak. We wave but don’t enter walls.

And the world stays separated. And we Christians don’t keep company with the sick anymore.

Summer has pulled out the sunshine, and I see empty sidewalks and curtains pulled shut. And I crave people close.

I whisper the verses: walk through the sermon on the Mount up to verse 18.

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law of the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law until all is fulfilled.”

And He is keeping company with a camp of many. Because a war for the hearts of the  multitude is waging fierce.

This morning I think of the man who stands on enemy lines for me and dies for my freedom. How he keeps company with death striding close by. He enters the walls of war for my walls here to stay safe.

And what of his family that wear the scars of his sacrifice? I think of them to.

The house wakes early and we all crowd under covers. We plan barbecue and swimming and sunshine. And we have strangers to thank for this that we can keep company in freedom.

And my joy is complete because we have Christ keeping company with the sick still. His Spirit secures the walls of hope. His Word keeps watch over our hearts so we don’t faint from the war of our flesh. And Jesus: ministering with blood on the front line.

And all these many thanks today:

979. Doors that open in the oldest daughter.

980. witnessing of The Way: she asks me about my Bible and I give her a glimpse of His blood.

981. lighting candles.

982. the three of us praying.

983. the trees dancing in delight.

984. the soliders standing–and their families waiting.

985. Christ keeping company with me: a transgressor from the womb.

How to thank Him today?  Maybe by keeping company more with the Christ-man and my fellow-man too.

 

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Jessica Nelson May 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

I’m really loving your writing every time I come here! Beautiful, beautiful post.

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tinuviel May 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Keeping company with Jesus: that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? You were my neighbor at Monday Multitudes this week. (I’m a little slow actually reading the post that’s been open since then!) It’s lovely to meet you and learn from your thoughts here. We do know our neighbors and chat with them frequently, but that’s unusual these days. May the Lord give you that closeness you crave and keep opening doors in your daughter. Grace to you in Jesus today.

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Tamika May 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I wear the scars of beautiful grace sister, and His words are always sweet to my ears too.

Thanks, because you always leave a trail of encouragement every time you stop in!

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