Whole, Free, & Leaping with Joy

With Sherman Van Zee in USP's "Christmas Post" 2006
With Sherman Van Zee in USP’s “Christmas Post” 2006

“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” Malachi 4:2 (NLT)

It’s always a shock to find out first thing in the morning that a friend has died unexpectedly. I was blessed to share the stage with our friend Sherm and to direct him. He was a sweet spirit and a gentle soul. He was a fellow wayfarer, following Jesus. He shared with us some of his story, and much of it was filled with sadness and many trials. Yet, whenever I worked with or spent time with him he was full of joy.

I read this verse from the prophet Malachi this morning, and was reminded of Sherman. His journey through this earthly life ended this week, but the Sun of Righteousness has just risen at his homecoming. The scars on his soul are healed. I am encouraged to think of him whole, free, and leaping with joy.

3 thoughts on “Whole, Free, & Leaping with Joy”

  1. 4 “Remember to obey the Law of Moses, my servant—all the decrees and regulations that I gave him on Mount Sinai[c] for all Israel.

    I pinch hit yesterday, teaching the 9th and 10th graders Sunday school class. We spent time talking about our fallen nature as humans and discussed the 10 commandments. It was interesting to get the young person’s perspective on this law and how it helps form our actions and behaviors. Without a complete appreciation for how we fail at keeping the law, it’s really difficult to understand God’s grace, forgiveness and salvation.

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