right now, i'm listening to a compilation of mostly instrumental arrangements of traditional christian hymns. the principal instrument is a violin. hearing "be thou my vision" just now brought tears to my eyes in that good, solid, nostalgic way. i am amazed at how deeply entrenched these songs are in my soul. i was hearing these songs and their lyrics for years before i was ever cognizant of their meaning. but the Word of God does not return void, and i know my soul has truly known them longer than have my head and my heart. there can be no other explanation for these feelings that bubble up when my ears hear their melodies.
when i think of my legacy in the Lord, i think of my great-grandpa schnars. he was a minister -- a graduate of Yale divinity school -- for many, many years. he founded mt. lebanon christian church in mt. lebanon, pennsylvania in 1950 and pastored there for 23 years until he retired in 1973. he died when he was 92 and i was 18, and i have memories of being with him. but now, 10 years later, i long to talk to him about his relationship with Jesus. i want to ask him so many questions. i want to hear him preach. i have all his old sermons, and they are like gold to me. i imagine him at his typewriter with his Bible nearby, praying and talking to God about what to share with his flock. oh, what a vision.
as i was thinking about my great-grandpa tonight, i decided to google his church. and do you know what i found? a blog. authored by the current pastor. daily. there are daily devotionals posted on a blog by the pastor of the church that my great-grandpa founded. A BLOG, PEOPLE. FROM MY GREAT-GRANDPA'S CHURCH. i'm sorry, but God could only be cooler if one day i could talk to my great-grandpa schnars again, face-to-face. perhaps about blogs.
and i will.
and we won't only talk, but we will stand hand-in-hand and worship in the bodily presence of Jesus.
oh, what a day that will be. a legacy complete. together forever.