Beyond Words

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“Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to be seen.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


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Psalm 29:2

Give to the LORD the glory due his name.


When I see the beauty of creation, of the spectacular universe, of this precious life, I am in awe.

It is easy to give glory to a Higher Power!

Most of the uglier sides of life seem to stem from human delusional behavior.

Even the destructive forces of nature such as tornadoes and hurricanes are awe-inspiring on one level.

Making sense of the pain and death they can cause is a mystery but, as we know, death is the flip side of life.

It is like one coin.

You can’t have one side without the other.

Death-to-life is the cycle of creation.

It’s on-going.

My nephew and his wife recently had their first baby.

I’m reminded of how contented and serene life was for this little one in the dark womb, before out of the blue and without her permission, she was whooshed into a painful struggle and delivered into a new world of bright light and noise.

How painful…and yet beautiful!

Hands of comfort held her while calm and compassionate voices greeted her.

A whole new adventure began to unfold!

Can I get an ‘amen’ to giving glory to God?

For me, Jesus has shown me the template of experiencing this glorious life to the full.

It’s in the daily dying of the false self, the letting go of the ego, so that the true self can be birthed.

It’s in the service of others through my gifts and talents that I find more life than my ego could have imagined.

It’s in knowing through his death and resurrection that my death will also lead to new life.

This saves me every day!

Every struggle leads to life…but you must go through it.

Before being called Christianity, this new movement was simply called, the Way.

This death-to-life Way demonstrates the glory of God, or Spirit, or Love, or the Great Compassion, or Goddess, or the Tao, or Yahweh (the sound of your very breath), or whatever name you want to attach to it.

Any name will fall short of capturing the magnificent glory revealed.


Listen to the song of the day “Lift Up Our Voices” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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