“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)

This weekend the Matriarch of a dear friend and her sweet family passed away. As I listen to Amy Grant’s songs, “Better Not to Know” and “How Mercy Looks from Here” I think of my wonderful friend. I think of all the memories she and her family have of this wonderful lady that was in their life for so long. The other day as I was driving home the words below began to spill into my brain and even though they are nothing original, I tried my best to capture life “in nutshell”.  
But I didn’t want to just express life and death, I also wanted to breath God into this life. God is here. He was always here, He always will be even when we don’t want Him to be. God is here. Through it all. 


Human hearts bleed while angels sing
life and death intermingle
day turns to night and night into being
of days, weeks, years of eternity
Or –
is eternity in a year?

One day born and the next life – has been explored
looking back at the
sorrows and fears, hopes and dreams,
when time stood still
while the time machine flew through space.

Realization dawns behind tear stained eyes
in the Aha moments that take by surprise
breath catches, lump of throat
God was there all along.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©18 February 2014

*Dedicated to Karen Murphy and Family*
Amy Grant’s latest album titled “How Mercy Looks from Here” is soft and very expressive. Very humbling with words of poetry for the soul. This first video is called “Better Not to Know” about how it is better not to know when things will happen to us in life. I don’t listen to it often as it is a sad song to me but I love how her lyrics speak to the heart of how life is lived. 
This second song from her alum that I am posting is the song her album is titled after. How Mercy Looks From Here really expresses Karen’s mother-in-law in many ways. Amy’s song pictures a woman who lived into her 90’s and the things she saw and experienced and how mercy helped her through it all. A very touching song. 

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2014

© Photos by BridgesCreations, 2014

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