John Mark Mcmillan

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/the-drop/borderland

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The Middle East- “Blood”

 

Older brother, restless soul, lie down
Lie for a while with your ear against the earth
And you’ll hear your sister sleep talking
Say, “Your hair is long but not long enough to reach
Home to me
But your beard
Someday might be”

And she woke up in a cold sweat on the floor
Next to a family portrait drawn when you were four
And beside a jar of two cent coins that are no good no more
She’ll lay it aside

Older father, weary soul, you’ll drive
Back to the home you made on the mountainside
With that ugly, terrible thing
Those papers for divorce
And a lonely ring
A lonely ring
Sit on your porch
And pluck your strings

Oh, and you’ll find somebody you can blame
And you’ll follow the creek that runs out into the sea
And you’ll find the peace of the Lord.

Grandfather, weary soul, you’ll fly
Over your life once more before you die
Since our grandma passed away
You’ve waited for forever and a day
Just to die
And someday soon
You will die

It was the only woman you ever loved
That got burnt by the sun too often when she was young
And the cancer spread and it ran into her body and her blood
And there’s nothing you can do about it now

Daughter- If You Leave

This album is off the hook.

After two widely popular ep’s, Daughter has finally released her debut full-length album, “If You Leave.”

The music is moody, intense, dramatic, climactic, and intense. Multiple layers of percussion, electric guitar, ambient tones, and vocals give incredible depth to the sound. The tone is perfect fit with high soft female vocals.

Seriously, this is one of the best albums I have heard in a very long time.

My personal favorite track is “winter”, posted below.

Check out Daughter.

“Winter”

“Youth”

Jesus wept.

Luke 19:41-44 ESV

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Jesus stood on a hill above Jerusalem. He was walking toward the city. The city where He would be falsely accused, unjustly convicted, beaten, humiliated, and murdered. He looked down on the city, fully aware of what was to come.

And He wept.

His face was contorted in anguish, tears streamed from his eyes, sobs ripped from His throat. The King of the universe stood in the dirt and dust on a hill over looking the city, awaiting His imminent suffering and death and He saw the future, saw the pain of the people of Jerusalem, and He wept for them.

Mathew 23:37-39 ESV

 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Jesus stood teaching parables to a large crowd, confronting them on their hypocrisy for teaching the lesser parts of the law with their mouths, and not honoring God with their hearts. He cried out to the large crowd in compassion, seeing their sin and the way they had turned their backs to the Father, wanting to gather the children of God together as would a mother.

Exodus 34:6-7 ESV

“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

The God of the universe declares His character to Moses that he might share it with all of Israel and the world.

Seven times He declares His compassion and love, once declaring justice. He promises love and forgiveness for thousands, compared to the punishment only to the fourth generation.

John 11:33-36 ESV

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

His friend dead, those He loved crying for their brother and friend.

Jesus wept.

Often times we think of God looking down from heaven in anger. Angry at our mistakes, wanting to punish us. Maybe we picture the earthly father we had, yelling at us, maybe even abusing us. We picture God as this maniacal, sadistic, tyrant dealing out punishment left and right.

This is not the God I serve.

The God I serve stood on a hill weeping for those who would kill Him.

The God I serve wants to gather together His children as mother would.

The God I serve defines His character as merciful, loving, and forgiving.

The God I serve weeps at the death of His friend and the pain it causes.

One day God will bring justice. There will be justice for all those who are too stubborn and prideful to admit their guilt and who refuse the forgiveness of Christ. There will be punishment for the wickedness of the human heart. But even then, I don’t think the Father will enact this punishment with joy, but rather with a heart filled with sorrow at the rebellion of His children.

Maybe your like me and sometimes you think God is looking down on you in anger.

I would suggest that maybe He is looking down on us with sorrow. Maybe He is looking at all our sin and foolishness with compassion, wishing only to gather us to Himself and heal our hurting hearts and renew His creation.

Maybe the King of the universe is looking down from heaven and weeping.