Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Farewell to Dixie

Today is a day of mourning; of lamentation. To lament is to express grief, to mourn, to regret deeply, to sorrow; it’s a song or poem expressing grief. Expressions of Lamentation can come: through tears and weeping, through words (written and spoken), through music and poetry, through silence or through crying out to God.

Today we formally say farewell to a dear saint who loved and served faithfully her God and her neighbors. Dixie Lincoln has gone ahead of us to her genuine rest. Everyone who knew her was blessed by her…her family, friends and strangers. In our lamentation there is a paradox that sustains us; it is a joy in knowing how the story ends…she lives happily ever after!

This is for you…

"Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People"
by Johann Olearius, 1635-1711

1. Comfort, comfort, ye My people,
Speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
Comfort those who sit in darkness,
Mourning 'neath their sorrows' load.
Speak ye to Jerusalem
Of the peace that waits for them;
Tell her that her sins I cover
And her warfare now is over.

2. Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
Blotting out each dark misdeed;
All that well deserved His anger
He no more will see or heed.
She hath suffered many a day,
Now her griefs have passed away;
God will change her pining sadness
Into ever-springing gladness.

3. Hark, the Herald's voice is crying
In the desert far and near,
Bidding all men to repentance
Since the Kingdom now is here.
Oh, that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way;
Let the valleys rise to meet Him
And the hills bow down to greet Him.

4. Make ye straight what long was crooked,
Make the rougher places plain;
Let your hearts be true and humble,
As befits His holy reign.
For the glory of the Lord
Now o'er earth is shed abroad,
And all flesh shall see the token
That His Word is never broken.

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