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Paul Schneidmill


It was 2:00 a.m. this morning (April 29, 2005) when I completed a 4500-word essay on the “Broad Theological Themes of Salvation History.”


(Essay – a short literary composition on a subject: Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary)


I got in bed about 2:15am, rose at 5:00am and headed off to work.


Yes, my more awake than I am friends, it was a scant few hours ago (7:20 a.m. as I write) that I met the due-date deadline (bless God) for a Divinity School assignment, got a thimble-full of sleep and here I am!  (Are you happy now???)


Though I normally rise early to get a morning workout at the gym (if I don’t get it in the morning, it won’t get gotten), it was necessary for me to rise early and get to work so I could leave early enough to attend my son’s first ever track meet!


(Prayerfully I won’t fall off the bleachers and CSM (ret.) Pendry has to acquire a new Bunker Chaplain) 


To cope with my semblance of being tired (man…how’d that keyboard jump up and hit me on the forehead?), I’ve mused upon a few familiar passages from my favorite “best-seller.”         


Such as:  “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31) and “Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  (Matthew 11:28)


At this point I’d like to renew my rest “account,” mount my mattress, run to the room with my bed in it, walk to the land of wake-less-ness, faint into a full siesta-session, and happily receive all the “rest” Christ is offering. 


…and yet, as I fade in and out of consciousness and yawn repeatedly, the reality of a phrase from a famous saying of the Old Testament hero known as Job, reverberates in my spirit…


“For I know that my Redeemer lives…”  (Job 19:25)


Combined with the other two passages, this one ices the cake!  If you don’t know it already, Scripture supports and validates Scripture!


My Redeemer, the One who paid off my promissory sin note; is the One who renews my strength, gives me rest, and lives exuberantly, perpetually, triumphantly, and unashamedly in me – the guy who thought he was tired!

Well…I feel so much better now and am so glad that He, Christ the Lord, lives!


I know my Redeemer lives.  I have complete and total assurance of this and you can and should too.  He can live in you too!


Now, “Wake up from your sleep…(Ephesians 5:14)…oh, sorry…that’s me                                     



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