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Alive Forevermore: Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010

by Rev. Meri Whitaker

Rev. Meridith Whitaker
Rev. Meridith Whitaker is the Director of Cookson Hills Center United Methodist Mission in Oklahoma.
Image by: Cassandra M. Zampini
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Children in Native American-inspired shirts sing with joy.
Cookson Hills Center United Methodist Mission, a Cherokee Indian community in Cookson Hills, Oklahoma.
Image by: Adam Neal
Source: Advance

"Alive, alive, alive forevermore! My Jesus is alive, alive forevermore." Each night I sit in my living room and listen to my 2 ½-year-old nephew sing this song at the top of his lungs. He has lived with me for 15 months now and has taught me so much about what it means to have childlike faith.

He never forgets to pray, whether it be for a meal or before bedtime. Just driving along in the car, he will pause and say, "Momma, pray!" and he will bow his little head and fold his hands and expect people to pray right then.

We made many hospital visits together, and he would always pray, "They get better? Doctor make them better?" He has loved music from the time that he came to live with me, and he listens to his CD player every afternoon. He gets out his miniature guitar, plays, and sings along with the song, "Alive, alive, alive forevermore," and then he will ask, "Jesus is my friend, momma?"

"Alive, alive, alive forever more!" The song runs through my mind as I drive to work, "Alive, alive, alive forevermore." There it is again as I sit at my desk, immersed in paperwork or talking on the phone. "Alive, alive, alive forevermore." It still plays in my mind as I wash dishes or fold clothes.

I am not sure that I have ever thought about a song or sung it in my head as much as I have this one, but I have decided that of all the songs that could be playing in my head, this one is the best.

As you prepare for Lent, my prayer for you is that this song will repeat in your head, too, and that you will find a new meaning and a sweeter relationship with your friend, Jesus. You know why? Because he's alive, alive, alive forevermore. Amen.

Rev. Meridith Whitaker is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a Church and Community Worker. She is the Director of Cookson Hills Center United Methodist Mission, a mission project to the Cherokee Indians in Cookson Hills, Oklahoma.

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Topic: Children Christian love Family Lent Missionaries Music Prayers Women Focus on Ministry with the Poor
Source: GBGM Mission News

Date posted: Feb 10, 2010