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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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A Letter from the International Terminal

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We have an eight hour layover.

This isn’t the first time. Sometimes it feels like the hours between flights take forever and other times it seems like just a few minutes. Today it’s a weird mixture of loving the time to write in a new environment while also being impatient to load onto a plane and get to the people we love in Romania as quickly as possible.

When people ask where my favorite places are in the world, I tend to forget the international terminal of the Chicago O’Hare airport. Call me crazy (it wouldn’t be the first time), but I love it here. I love watching people and there’s no better place to do it than an airport.

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This is only a tiny glimpse of the terminal and the only one I could get without being even more creepy than I already am. There are hundreds more people here.

Side note: I just got a text from my BFF telling me to interview the basketball players at the table beside me and make it a project like Humans of New York and call it Humans of O’Hare or Humans of the AirportIf there’s a better idea out there, I’m not sure what it would be. 

But the awesome thing about this particular layover is that it’s filled with beautiful people from all over the world, heading to all different places in the world. 

I keep thinking about God’s words repeated throughout Scripture: “I will gather all nations,” “I will gather all nations,” “I will gather all nations.”

Sitting in this international terminal, watching all the nationalities and cultures stream through security, it’s not hard to be caught up imagining the Great Day when we will be gathered in the international terminal of heaven (the only terminal that exists there). There, in the glow of the glory of Jesus Christ, we will join to worship the Lamb who was slain to ransom every tribe, tongue, and nation, in the greatest symphony the world has ever known.

So while I’m getting caught staring at people here, I pray for all those bustling around us trying to get food, find their gate, and make flight connections, that one day they would join us there. May we be scattered today only to be gathered in the throne room so soon.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus. But until then, use us to gather more voices for the song that never stops.


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