Tom Lybeck Original From the Cross He Watched Them There

From the Cross He Watched Them There

Original oil painting by Tom Lybeck

Scripture encouragement: Matthew 10:32-33

“Son Rising”

Planes crashing
Buildings falling
Son rising

Flag raising
Rubble searching
Son rising

Blood donating
Prayer lifting
Son rising

Pain screaming
Loss engulfing
Son rising

Country mourning
Kingdom gathering
Son rising

His Son living
His Son dying
His Son rising

Poem by Robin Lybeck

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 10:32-33

Why this scripture encourages me…

On that horrific day in September, I had no idea that a major shift in my perception of the world was about to occur. September 11th dawned as an ordinary day like so many others. Then it became a day unlike any other. At first for the obvious reasons of sorrow, grief, outrage, and fear. The only sound I heard “on high” that day were miltary jets cossing the sky.

But days later at a prayer vigil in a nearby park, my soul brought me face-to-face with a question—was I a follower of Jesus, acknowledging Him before men? The question wasn’t whether or not I knew ABOUT Jesus, but did I FOLLOW Him and PROCLAIM Him? This became the moment of “Son Rise” for me. I answered yes. I am a follower. Jesus is my Savior. I sensed I was at a crossroad in my life, I only knew for certain that I wanted to proclaim Him.

9/11 convicted me that if I was silent about Jesus my Savior, I was denying Him. I could not live with the thought of being silent any longer. I believe this realization was given to me from “On High” by the Holy Spirit of God.

This became a major step in my journey home—back to Jesus the Son of God and church. The first one I’d taken in a long, long time. Yet I delayed a while longer. One more nudge was needed, and God in His grace provided it. I’ll write about that soon….

[Note: If you are reading the posts that provide the step-by-step process God lead me through, click here to read the next part of my story.]

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To God alone be all the glory!