James Lewis

Well, last nights funeral for Bro James has I think forever changed me. Ernie and I came home so encouraged. Encouraged like we havent felt in months. The kind of encouragement in the Lord that leaves you feeling floaty and light. The kind that leaves you with no guile to be found in your heart. The kind of encouragement that can only come from being saturated with God’s love.

James was homeless when the Lord found him. In his 47 years of living for himself I could imagine all the bridges he burnt in his own family. When they first found out he had died, we didnt think anyone was going to come to his funeral. Seeing his family there with all of us last night something sparked in my heart. His twin sister really touched my heart. There was a point when we showed the video of James surrendering at the altar, that his neice started wailing. Then a lot of his family did. This wasnt the James they knew. This was a James that had been transformed by the Lord. Seeing him testify I imagine was healing for them. Seeing him clean and whole, in his right mind. His dad just wept as well.

But there was something else I heard in those wails. I heard humanity breaking in those wails. I know it sounds weird but I heard hope. Paul Farmer tells a story about a starfish. A man walking on the beach picking up beached starfish and throwing them back into the ocean one at a time. Someone asked him, what are you doing? You cant really think you are making a difference to all the starfish by doing this. The man threw a starfish at that moment and said, “made a difference to that one.”

Thats how in a way I feel about James. The Lord is going to do this one heart at a time. We cant think of humanity as a whole. As some sort of beast to conquer. We have to think of humanity as people.. Everyone needs love. Everyone. I guarantee the way people felt about us as a people when they walked into the funeral last night was different then the way they felt about us when the night was over. We may have built a bridge. We may actually be starting to live the way the Lord intends us to live. It feels very new-testament to me. To feel about other humans the way the Lord intends us to. For our insides to melt for another human being the way it did last night. To be grieved over humanity but to have hope too.

We have hope.

James got into the hearts of a lot of us. Made us change our perspective on life in general. He was a kind man. He was a person. We loved James. James makes me want to live better. He makes me want to be changed more. I would like to live in the feeling of deep saturation in love that I felt last night. Is it possible, Lord?

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4 Responses to James Lewis

  1. Janie says:

    I never met James; but I’ve been encouraged by hearing his testimony through all of you. As I sat in that funeral last night, I felt like time had paused for a moment; and God was giving us a glimpse of how things are going to be. And I think that James’ life is an example of how things are going to be. I left there with one thought in my mind “It’s Harvest Time!”

    Thank you Sarah!
    Love,
    Janie

  2. Aaron C says:

    Amen to everything you said.

    “It feels very new-testament to me. To feel about other humans the way the Lord intends us to. For our insides to melt for another human being the way it did last night. To be grieved over humanity but to have hope too.”

    AMEN!!

    “James got into the hearts of a lot of us. Made us change our perspective on life in general. He was a kind man. He was a person. We loved James. James makes me want to live better. He makes me want to be changed more. I would like to live in the feeling of deep saturation in love that I felt last night.”

    AMEN! You totally communicated what I felt as well.

  3. Aaron Webb says:

    Thank you for the insight. I wish I could have been there. I am very blessed to have seen a small part of his experience and to have met him. It does bring into line my perspective of the saving love of God. What a wonderful story!

  4. mama deno says:

    I don’t know why James has touched my heart but he has!!! Maybe it was the birthday party and just meeting him and seeing the spirit of the lord dancing with him and his grace that he was touched by the lord. Sarah when I read your blog I just sobbed!!! I have not done that in a long time and then when I read that he had a twin sister I was so touched by your blog. Thank you for writing how you feel and talking about the lord. I love you so much and yes I sometimes reflect back upon his birthday party and feel so blessed to of been a part of it, just watching Chrissy be so kind and gentle with him and his loving heart towards the lord just makes my heart break that his family didn’t see him in the flesh like that. But think goodness that there was the video for them to see that God did come into his life and change him. I Love you so much
    Love
    Mom

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