Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Last Hurrah

Some people call Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday the last hurrah.  Today signals the end of Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent tomorrow on Ash Wednesday.  For me, I'm going to put a good bit of emphasis on the meaning of Lent and this important season for Christians.

Before I do, I wanted to mention a study of just finished on the Book of Colossians in the Bible.  In this study, our small group read scriptures from other portions of the Bible and particularly books written by Paul.

What came to mind as I finished this study is a song that has popped in my mind before, but does not exist in the currently used Methodist Hymnal.

If you are not familiar with it, here are the words.

OTHERS
Words: C. D. Meigs, in Consecrated Hymns (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Geibel; Lehman, 1902).
Music: Elizabeth McE. Shields

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for—Others.
Refrain
Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.
Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I’d do for You
Must needs be done for—Others.
Refrain
Let Self be crucified and slain
And buried deep: and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again,
Unless to live for—Others.
Refrain
And when my work on earth is done,
And my new work in Heav’n’s begun,
May I forget the crown I’ve won,
While thinking still of—Others.
Refrain

When looking at the words and their meanings the song seems to be saying,
we haven't particularly "arrived" when we enter heaven but continue the good
work begun here on earth.  When thinking about what heaven may be like,
I cannot help but feel that once we learn to live as Jesus lived that our reward
in heaven will be doing something all the time that we love and want to do --
not just floating around on a heavenly cloud.  What do you think?