As many of you know and have read here, my Dad, Jake Friesen, went through two surgeries in Sept and is now recouping at home. Not one to stay down, he and Mom continue to be wonderfully positive even during some very challenging days.
I bugged Dad last week that his state of medical recovery may have kept him away from some sermons and meetings that he leads. I suggested that he could write something for this blog and I would share it.
I didn’t expect something this deep, powerful, emotional, wonderful and poignant. I should have known better.
Here’s my Dad, Rev. Jake Friesen and ‘The Fall’.
The ‘FALL’ (September, 2010)
In the Spring came the Fall, ill-timed and out of season.
A young man, scarcely adult, is cut down in the flower of his dreams.
That is not the end of the story, thank God.
Jesus, the Font of Life, is cut down in Spring.
But death cannot contain Him: He is raised to new life, a life He passes on to all who belong to Him and love Him.
Fall is nature’s way of shutting down, admittedly with a burst of color.
We get older, we shrivel, our bodies stumble, we die.
Yet every fading energy drives us forward to the hope of a renewed body promised us by the One Who created these bodies in the first place.
(Years back, when Max & Chris were little, we were ‘farm-sitting’ in Matsqui and had the boys visit us overnight. We treated them to some male quartet music, including the song, “I’ll have a new body; I’ll have a new life”. Somehow the boys, and specially Chris, latched onto that song, and got very excited about it. Little did we dream he would be applying for that new body so soon…)
We give thanks to the One who allowed The Fall to challenge Him in the Spring-time, so that He might become the Rescuer of all who would be touched by the Fall, whenever in their lifetime…