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Friday, August 17, 2012

Worship 6: What We Will Be for All Eternity...

Worship 6: What We Will Be for All Eternity......we have already begun to be.

          ...We are worshipers. 

Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Life: What's My Spiritual Center?

Worship 6: What We Will Be for All Eternity...

By Evan Nehring

...we have already begun to be.

This week has been so reflective for me, thinking back to the best days of my life. It was triggered by a Geoff Moore song on my run last weekend. I haven't been able to shake it. There are so many.

January 13, 1996

I strolled across the red carpet between the white stone walls to the front of the church, and waited. Dear family and friends looked on as our little love drama unfolded. Colleen appeared at the door to the center aisle, backlit with winter sun, as my instrumental prelude played.

Worship 6: What We Will Be for All Eternity...

Then I sang to her the song I'd sung when proposing.
I found you at the right time
You led me gently through my soul's night time
Can't go on this way, this is craziness
Something needs to change, tell me what it is 

My heart is tellin' me, boy, don't you ever let her go
My mind is clear, my heart is sure
But there's one thing I gotta know 

Will you marry me, will you marry me
I want to spend my life with you
To have you, to hold you, a dream that could come true
If you'll say the words I long to hear
Will you marry me...
I was inspired. It was one of eight songs I wrote for our wedding.

Colleen and I had been part of so many circles of family and friends, worlds apart. That day they came together to celebrate with us. They honored us by watching us enjoy the blessing of our new love. It was one of my best days.


When I think of my best day with Wade, it might be coming home to the Mosinee house after work every day. The side door would swing open and Wade would run out yelling, "Evan!" Yep. I'm there right now, loving that amazing smile.

My best day with Megan? Probably her dreamy lakeside wedding last summer. Or possibly when we got the phone call that she was engaged. I couldn't speak for over an hour I was so overwhelmed with happiness for her. Colleen had to call my parents to let them know. I still get a knot in my stomach.

With Jason? Perhaps one night when I was laying by him in the little hobbit room in the front dormer of our house. It was his toddler room and he was about four or five. He was almost sleeping when he said, " I love you, Papa. A lot of people don't know it, but I'm the luckiest boy." I can still hear it.

The Very Best of Days

I wind up, ultimately, where the Geoff Moore song wound up: at the very best of days. When we stand at the throne of God and see our Maker and Redeemer face to face.  "Will I sing for you, Jesus, or in awe of you be still?" I'm not sure.

But I know that I'll worship. The dignity of standing there in that place, and the pageantry of falling facedown in awe of the beauty and lovingkindness of the eternal King.

What we will be for all eternity, we have already begun to be.

We are worshipers.


So what are your best days? I'd love to hear! Do they have a God-given feeling to them? How will heaven compare?

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  1. My two favorite best moments; thanksgiving eve st our house with all of our children and now my granddaughter. The noise, the food, and all the family memories being made. My other favorite, is hearing my kids yell.... "moms home, moms home" as they race to the front door, even my teenagers. I believe heaven will be even better, as hard as that is to conceive right now.

    1. Heather, family holidays are so great! They definitely have a heavenish feel to them, IMHO. And I'm so glad you can relate to the thing where your kids are excited to see you come home.

      Seems like those things are related to the heaven reunion. It's like there's a seed of that future awesomeness in these little awesomenesses.

  2. My best moments - wow. What thoughts! The day my girlfriend became my fiancee, and the day she became my wife. Nine months later when I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, hearing my son say, "I love you daddy," getting a hug from my youngest daughter for no reason at all. Standing in the vestibule of the church after preaching a sermon for father's day and hearing a man say it reached him, and then in subsequent weeks seeing the changes he was making in his life to serve the Lord and care for his family. The list goes on.

    What I have noted here is that all these somehow relate to family, either the one God gave me, or the church family he placed me in. What the Lord is bring me to? Like the song says, "I can only imagine." It says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "but just as it is written, 'Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.' "

  3. Wow, so many amazing best days being a mum to my Thomy. God has blessed me with an amazing son, trusted me (wow brave indeed) to raise this small little boy into a super tall teenager. Just recently he knew I was sad, hugs me tight and tells me I am a great mum and that is hug 1 for the day as 8 hugs a day mum...
    I remember at the one shelter I worked, there was a man that lived at the churches. He did not stay in the building as he did not have a family. He was such a man that I had seen him give his jacket off his jacket that the church had given him the night before to a gentleman that did not have a jacket. See to him, he had everything anyone could ever want.. he had us, his family. I called him my "mouse" as he was always in my kitchen (imagine I cooked everyday for the families 120+ people a day- not sure how. But I did. I saved dinner one night and became the cook haha) he was always in my fridge trying to sneak cheese. One day Thomy was volunteering with him down the basement we were getting ready for Christmas and there was tons of donations. He came up to me and had this amazing little crooked smile, made me wonder just what he was up to. Told me he finally found the perfect thing for me downstairs. He gave me this teddy bear that when you squeeze it, it says "I love you". For those lonely nights he says. He tells me how great my son is, and he had tears in his eyes. Each day I loved going to work to see him. As God was truly working this man.