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Four years.  Memories of the past; longings of the future.  Four years in which meanings have taken on new twists.  Songs carrying nuances not considered before, such as the song “Only One Forever.”  Now and forever are not so disconnected as I once imagined.  We can be inhabitants of both “now” and “forever” simultaneously in a way similar to having more than one role at the same time, such as being both a father and a son simultaneously.  They are not mutually exclusive.

Four years ago today, Joyce took flight from the “now” to the “forever.”  It was the natural progression for her.  At some point, it will be natural also for me.  And, we will both be joined in the forever that is marked by God’s presence.  The now gives way to the forever.  The now that we sense here points us on toward the forever that is to come.  And, the now in its “pointing” function is telling us, “live now with the forever perspective.”

The pointers and their objects form one portrait; either without the other would leave us unstable or unsatisfied.  In this case, the “now” creates the longing and the “forever” will bring the satisfaction.

And, so we have symbols, signs, and predictions.  We have miracles, fantasies, dreams, warnings, and earthly contentments.  We experience loves that don’t fail, promises that are not broken, steeled commitments that don’t crumble, and faithfulness till death.  These things are real.  They also lead us on toward the “forever” and its connection with our loving Creator and Redeemer, as well as with His waiting children.

Sometimes the pointing signs catch us by surprise. Sometimes they remind us of other signs that have guided us along our path.  Thus it was when I first heard “Only One Forever” by Air Supply.   As you listen, thank the Lord for the signs He sends our way, regardless of the means or the messenger.  Here is the link (grooveshark.com/#!/s/Only+One+Forever/2fmnbm?src=5) , and here are the lyrics.

There has to be a place for you and me
Where we can sleep and waters still run deep
And you’re the one that sails into me
And you’re the one whose lips are silent
You’re the one that always said
There’s only one forever
It brought us both together,
There’s only one forever.

You said to me, just give me honesty
And in return, I’ll build your sanctuary
Long ago, that path was chosen
How could we not fall in love
Remember when we always said
There’s only one forever
It brought us both together
There’s only one forever.

You’re the one that sails into me
You’re the one whose lips are silent
You’re the one that always said
There’s only one forever
There’s only one forever
It brought us both together
There’s only one forever.