909) Don’t You Wish?

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     Michael Greene is a wonderful British theologian, priest, Christian apologist, and author of a pile of books.  Among other places where Michael has served, he was the rector of St. Aldate’s Church in Oxford, England.  While he was rector there, he made several efforts to reach out to the students and faculty at Oxford.  On one occasion, St. Aldate’s sponsored a wine and cheese tasting party for the theological faculty at Oxford.

     As the evening wore on, one of the women on the faculty got a bit tipsy and leaned over and said to Michael, “You know, don’t you, that I don’t think any of this (Christian faith) is true?”

     Michael whispered to her, “I know, but don’t you wish it were?”

     Michael said that she was deeply moved and looked so very sad.

–Steve Brown, Three Free Sins, 2012, page 173.

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I dreamed I walked in heaven just the other night
There was so much beauty, so much light
Don’t you wish it was true?…

An angel took my hand
Said you don’t have to hurry
Got all the time in the world don’t worry
Don’t you wish it was true
Lord don’t you wish it was true

What if tomorrow everybody was your friend
Anyone could take you in
No matter what or where you been
What if tomorrow everybody had enough
The world wasn’t quite so rough
Lord don’t you wish it was true

He said the worlds gonna change and it’s startin’ today
There’ll be no more armies, no more hate
Don’t you wish it was true
Don’t you wish it was true

And all the little children will live happily
There’ll be singin’ and laughter
Sweet harmony
Don’t you wish it was true
Lord don’t you wish it was true

What if tomorrow everybody under the sun
Was happy just to live as one
No borders or battles to be won
What if tomorrow everybody was your friend
Happiness would never end
Lord, Don’t you wish it was true…
Alright!… What a beautiful day!

For official video go to:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cyZvqetODY

For more on this song go to:

https://emailmeditations.com/2014/01/31/295-dont-you-wish-it-was-true/

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Ecclesiastes 3:11a  —  God has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart…

Psalm 38:9  —  All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.

Proverbs 13:12  —  Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:19  —  A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.

Hebrews 11:16  —  They were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

II Corinthians 5:2  —  Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling.

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Lord Jesus, you have prepared a wonderful place for us.  Prepare us, also, for that place.  Amen.