The Man and the Lion


The terrible day had come.

For 19 years the small cat had been the constant companion of the man. But the ravages of old age and sickness had finally taken their toll. The time had come.

The cat lay motionless on the table as they prepared the injection. The fight had gone from him.

They asked the man, “Are you ready?”

The man nodded his head as he caressed the cat one last time.

With eyes stinging from the tears and a voice choked with emotion, he leaned forward and whispered – “Good bye old friend.”

“The coracle went more and more quickly, and beautifully it rushed up the wave’s side. For one split second they saw its shape and Reepicheep’s on the very top. Then it vanished, and since that moment no one can truly claim to have seen Reepicheep the Mouse. But my belief is that he came safe to Aslan’s country and is alive there to this day.”

— The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis —

And that night, the man had a dream. In the dream, he was transported to some far away place – a field with shimmering green grasses of such a color as to defy description. And a short distance away, a great forest.

It was then that the man saw him as he came out of the forest.

A great lion — with a huge mane billowing in the breeze. And the lion saw the man. Closer and closer he came, traveling across the ground with great strides.

Unafraid, the man said, “I know you.”

To his surprise, the lion answered, “Yes. And I know you as well.”

“You look magnificent,” said the man.

“It is a gift from the Creator that I might take on this form,” said the lion. “My soul has returned to be with the Creator and He has granted me this wish that I might see you. For the great love that we shared, He chose this form that you would know that I am alive and now dwell in this land forever.”

“I miss having you with me,” said the man.

“I know,” said the lion. “And I wanted to tell you to mourn me no more, for the day is coming when we will be together again — but not yet. It is the great gift of the Creator for those of us who have lived and shared in His love.”

At that, the man was returned to his world.

And that night, the man slept a great and peaceful sleep, for he knew that the day was coming when they would be together again.

But not yet.

Shaking Off The Rust

Yes, it’s been a while.

Just a couple of updates for now. Be patient while I shake off the accumulated rust and try to re-engage the blogging gears.

For the RSS readers, there’s been (yet another) update to the site — so feel free to drop by and look over the new digs.
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A Friend in Need

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:10 (ESV)

At the recent Westminster Seminary California faculty conference, Mike Horton said –

“God doesn’t need your good works, your neighbor does.”

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Light It Up

Every now and then, you come across something that’s just too good to keep to yourself.

Crank up the volume.

Amazing Grace Techno – Computer Controlled Christmas Lights from Richard Holdman on Vimeo.

The Least of These

On October 20, two suicide bombers launched near simultaneous attacks on both the men’s and women’s side of the campus at the International Islamic University, located in Islamabad, Pakistan.

After shooting the guard who stood at the entry to the women’s cafeteria, the only obstacle barring his entry into the room containing some 400 women was the janitor.

The janitor refused to let the gunman pass.

Are You There?

Have you ever wondered – “God, are you there?”

Maybe you’ve been experiencing a spiritual battle. Maybe some tough times. Possibly you’re wondering where God is right now.

I’ve been told on a number of occasions, by a fairly large number of my Christian friends, that there are times when they just don’t sense or feel the presence of God in their lives.

Perhaps you’ve experienced this as well. I know that I have.
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Notes From the Outpost

In the blogging world, it’s considered bad form to apologize for not posting.

What started out as a short break suddenly mushroomed into an extended sabbatical and I just realized how lame that is.

The fort has not been deserted, I’ve just been at the outpost for a bit.

For the curious among you, a quick update on some of what’s been happening: [ Read the full article … ]

If You Believe: Seeing His Glory

Most of us have been there at some point in our lives – faced with the prospect of losing a loved one.

And that’s exactly where we were just a few years back. As it often does, the situation we were in had been thrust upon us without any warning.  [ Read the full article … ]

New Year, New Look

Since we’re now in the throes of a new year, I finally bit the bullet and updated the site (did someone say, “what, again?”).

Yes, again.

And I really say that with just a bit of reluctance. I actually liked the old design, but I had begun to notice some things about it that you kind readers were far too polite to mention. [ Read the full article … ]

Constant Amazement

Just as fitting, this particular post could well have been named Continuing Lessons in God’s Economy.

It certainly is no secret that our economy is, at the least, a bit troubled right now. Banks in trouble, government bailouts, record unemployment levels and a stock market behaving like Chicken Little.

And the whole mess triggered by massive failures in the mortgage industry.

So – we bought a house. [ Read the full article … ]