Sunday, March 31, 2013
Sunrise in Ur
(Written Easter of 2009, Tallil AFB, Cob Adder, Iraq)
I am living on Tallil Air Force Base, Iraq. It's Easter. We had a sunrise service.
Services were held at the archaeological digs where they have excavated the home of Abraham in Ur of the Chaldees. This site is right outside the gates of our base.
In a few weeks, the U.S. government is going to hand this piece of property back to the Iraqi government. The opportunity to tour the site will be gone. (at least for the time being) Possibly the opportunity to worship the LORD at this site will not occur again this side of Jesus' return.
How honored and humbled am I that of all the people in the world and all the people in time, I was allowed to participate in what could be a once in history event.
I know I haven't done anything to deserve such a thing. But I am so grateful that God included me.
There were maybe 200 people attending. A praise team was playing acoustic guitars and leading us in worship and then one of the chaplains stepped up to a podium, opened his Bible and read Holy Scripture there on those age old grounds. We sang again and I could not keep from crying as I sang along with the others praising God in this place where God spoke to Abraham, "Go!"
The chaplain stood on the reconstructed wall of the ancient home of Abraham and presented the Word of God. Adam and Eve.... to Noah... to Abraham.... all the way to Jesus. He explained the covenant God made with Abraham and how we are a part of that covenant. He shared about the resurrection of Jesus.
He asked us to respond to him when he proclaimed "He is risen!" and the congregation would loudly respond "HE IS RISEN INDEED!" It became the theme for his message. It is the proclamation of Easter!
The sun has risen in Ur. God's covenant promise to Abraham continues to be fulfilled.
I can't explain how filled with the Holy Spirit I am... how He pounds in me with every breath. What words could I use to describe such an incredible resurrection morning in which I am privileged to stand on this spiritually holy place?
HE IS RISEN INDEED!!