“Several witnesses stood together on the side of Spring Garden Street, all of us wondering the same thing. What happened to cause this guy to do this. It was plainly deliberate. I am not a mind reader, but it seems to me that as he came to a complete stop in the road, he was contemplating whether or not to live or die. And he chose the latter option.”
God is using this book to break my heart. And melt it. And re-make it. From stone to flesh.
I thought I was reading a story about a rich guy meeting a homeless guy. Instead, God is telling me a story about faith and relationship and tearing down walls and listening in the quiet and believing when everything falls apart…
“… I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” — Ezekiel 36:26
“… you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” — 2 Cor. 3:3
“… Then it was Sonyâ€™s turnâ€¦She picked the cd ‘Come and Listen’ that had songs on it from a Dance Fundraiser that we had for my dear friends the Byers before they left for Germany. I turned it on for her and then got distracted with talking to another child.
A few minutes later I heard a ‘sigh’. I looked over to see Sony with the speaker to her ear and tears in her eyes. She looked up at me and said one simple yet profound word, ‘Beautiful’. The Chorus was playing â€œThis is what it means to be held, how it feels when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive. This is how it feels to be loved and to know that when everything fell youâ€™d be H-E-L-Dâ€¦
Sony does not know what the words to this ‘English’ song mean but you could see in her eyes that her spirit did. Just as ungodly music brings darkness to our souls, Godly music brings hope to our hearts even if it is another language…”