Notes from Jan

Standing Practice

April 23, 2017

 

Preparing for next week’s New Testament class found me immersed in Revelation.

It didn’t take long before I felt myself reeling from frightening words, terrified by images, puzzled by symbols.  Took me back to my childhood’s  Sunday night services with diagramed attempts at explaining the book of Revelation in black and red on a white oilcloth banner, hanging behind the pulpit.

Could’ve stayed shaking in memory and images, if God hadn’t shown up with a soundtrack.

Handel’s Messiah.

It happened as I read, “The whole world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”(Rev.11:15 NLT)

So I hunted The Messiah CD, which I’d put away until next Christmas and Easter, turned up the volume  and let Handel’s inspired oratorio and God’s words tackle my terror.

By the time the Hallelujah chorus came on, I did as many have done, stood.

Worship.

Gratitude.

Standing practice.

Choice moments come to stand against the terrors of the day or future, to take up the shield of faith in Truth proclaimed last Sunday: Christ has diedChrist is Risen. Christ will come again.

Handel’s buried at Westminster Abbey.  If you go, you’ll find a monument to him on the wall above his grave.  It’s a life size statue of Handel, holding a manuscript of The Messiah, opened to the score, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.

Handel’s standing.

Long ago,  Saint Paul wrote, “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own.  Take all the help you can get...so when it’s all over but the shouting, you’ll still be on your feet.” (Ephesians 6:13 The Message)

Standing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Reply Dale Lefever April 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks Jan. I received Christ at 15 and the first book I was given, before the Bible, was Dr. DeHann’s book on Revelation. In my terror, I tried to imagine what John felt as he received the vision. My consolation was that this was the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ and that He already had revealed Himself to me.

    Blessings, Dale

  • Reply wendy lane April 26, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I think I have a Love/Hate relationship with Revelation. We just studied chapter 2 in our life group last week. Such gems, and such mysteries. But I absolutely LOVE Handel’ Messiah – of course! I didn’t know that about the monument to him. Very cool.

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