The sound has gone out

As I and my family continued to hear the testimonies of the wide-ranging effect of Hallie’s life and ministry, I recall speaking to her once about Psalm 19, which begins, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His Hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech’; night after night they reveal knowledge.  They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  
If this is true of inanimate objects of God’s Creation, such as the silent heavens and skies above, how much more for those who are created in His Image, and recreated in Christ, and yet are silenced.  And so I said to her, paraphrasing, “though you have no speech, and no words, and no sound is heard from you, yet your voice goes out into all the earth, and your words to the ends of the world”.  And so it was so for Hallie, and continues to be so.  And so it will be for us who are in Christ, submitted to Him.  Even when we can no longer “speak”: the sum of our words, actions, thoughts, and lives will be sent by God to far-flung places and lives, and they will not return to Him void, but will accomplish more than we can even imagine.

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