Words from the Heart for Saturday May 22nd, 2021
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)
The first known written mention of the maple as an emblem of Francophone Canadians was within an epigram in an 1806 issue of Le Canadien addressed to its rival English newspaper, the Mercury. The maple accuses the thorny rose (symbol of England) of maliciously tearing at passers-by. In 1807 the Montréal silversmith Robert Cruickshank produced a medal where the central shield of the royal arms of Great Britain is replaced by a single maple leaf, a strong statement that the leaf was also a symbol of Anglophone Canadians. Now, it’s the maple leaf forever.
Time marches on. These days it seems to be a quick march. Wendy and I are celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary today. I’m not sure where the time has gone, but as we look back on our faded wedding photos, we realize how much has changed over the past four and a half decades – in our lives and in the world. Nothing in this world stays the same. Not to be morbid, but the day we are born we begin the journey to the grave. The Bible is very honest. The prophet said in Isaiah 40:8: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” It doesn’t seem long between the time flowers are planted this time of the year and when we dig them out of the ground in the Fall. Grass does wither, flowers do fade. But there is great comfort in the fact that the Word of God never changes. Detractors have tried to deny God’s Word, deniers have tried to change it. But you can count on those ancient words to be as true as the day they were written.
These have been words from the heart.