It is Written – A Journey Through the New Testament (5)

I have worked with youth as a teacher and in my church most of my adult life.  It has been such a privilege for me to walk alongside many of these young people over the years.  I have watched many of them grow up having first rocked them in the nursery, then later teaching them at VBS, and then partnering with others to see them through their teen and young adult lives.  Many of them call me “Mama Dove” and through these past few years I have attended many of their weddings and then had the privilege of rocking their babies.  I am just one of many adults in our church and at my school, who have been called to work specifically with teenagers, and truly I gain more blessing from them than they could ever gain from me.

I challenge you, as you read through these scriptures, to commit yourself to pray for and spend time with a child, youth or young adult at your church.  “For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” — Luke 12:48  Pour yourself out for one of them, you’ll be glad you did!

Colossians 2:14. “It is written” – all my sins and debt was paid in full at the cross.

Colossians 3:3. “It is written” – I have died, and my life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:10. “It is written” – I have put on the new self.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. “It is written” – I am delivered from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 2:12. “It is written” – I am called into His own kingdom and glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:9. “It is written” – I am taught by God to love others.

1 Thessalonians 4:17. “It is written” – I will meet the Lord in the air and be with Him forever.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. “It is written” – I will obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:10. “It is written” – whether I live or die, I will live with Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:24. “It is written” – faithful as He who calls you, and He will also bring it to pass.

2 Thessalonians 2:13. “It is written” – I am beloved by the Lord. God has chosen me from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the spirit and faith in the truth.

2 Thessalonians 3:3. “It is written” – the Lord will strengthen and protect me from the evil one.

1 Timothy 6:12. “It is written” – I have been called to eternal life.

2 Timothy 1:7. “It is written” – for God has not given me a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:9. “It is written” – the Lord has saved me and called me with a holy calling, not according to my works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted me in Christ Jesus for all eternity.

2 Timothy 1:12. “It is written” – I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

2 Timothy 1:14. “It is written” – the Holy Spirit dwells in me.

2 Timothy 4:8. “It is written” – the Lord has laid up for me the crown of righteousness.

Titus 2:14. “It is written” – He has redeemed me from every lawless deed and purified me for His own possession.

Titus 3:6. “It is written” – the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon me richly through Jesus Christ, my Savior.

Titus 3:7. “It is written” – I have been justified by His grace and made an heir having the hope of eternal life.

Philemon 1:6. “It is written” – the knowledge of every good thing is in me.

Hebrews 1:14. “It is written” – Angels have been sent to minister to me.

Hebrews 3:1. “It is written” – I am slowly, a partaker of a heavenly calling, and Jesus is the apostle and high priest whom I confess.

Hebrews 3:6. “It is written” – I am the house of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 3:14. “It is written” – I have become a partaker of Christ.

Hebrews 4:3. “It is written” – I have entered into His rest.

Hebrews 4:10. “It is written” – as God has rested from his work, I too will rest from my works.

Hebrews 4:14. “It is written” – I have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens.

Hebrews 4:15. “It is written” – I have a high priest who can sympathize with my weaknesses.

Hebrews 7:25. “It is written” – I am saved forever, Christ ever lives to make intercession for me.

Hebrews 10:10. “It is written” – I have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Hebrews 10:21. “It is written” – I have a great high priest over the house of God.

Hebrews 10:22. “It is written” – my heart has been sprinkled clean from a guilty conscience and my body washed with pure water.

Hebrews 12:1. “It is written” – I have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding me.

Hebrews 12:10. “It is written” – God disciplines me for my good that I may share His Holiness.

Hebrews 12:28. “It is written” – I have received a kingdom which cannot be shaken.

Hebrews 13:5. “It is written” – God will never desert me nor forsake me.

Hebrews 13:12. “It is written” – I am made holy through Jesus’ own blood.

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It is Written – A Journey Through the New Testament (4)

carolersAs I stated on Week 1, Christmas is often a time to be “frazzled”.  I have experienced the crush of mall shoppers, bustling by me to find that perfect gift for that special someone.  A recent poll indicated that the average person will spend close to $1500.00 this Christmas!  That’s a lot of wrapping up of gifts!

We all have someone that it is especially hard to find that “perfect” gift for.  My husband is one of the most difficult people to shop for.  He doesn’t really need anything, and he has a shop full of every known power tool known to man, so giving him the latest wrench is redundant at best.  The awesome thing about my husband is that he is thankful for everything!  If the kids buy him a tacky tie from the dollar store, he’ll smile and laugh and his heart will swell because his kids bought him a gift…any kind of gift.  His greatest joy at Christmas is having his family around him, his adult children and grandbabies curled up with him on the couch on Christmas Eve while he reads the Christmas Story.  My husband would rather lavish his love on the ones he loves most dear, than focus on what he’ll get as a gift for Christmas.

God’s greatest gift to us was His Son.  We can never repay Him for that Gift.  It is freely given and must be freely received.  As you read today’s scripture, ponder on how much the Father “spent” on our behalf.

Ephesians 1:4a. “It is written” – I am chosen in Him.

Ephesians 1:4b. “It is written” –  I am holy and blameless in His sight.

Ephesians 1:5. “It is written” – I am adopted as His son through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:6. “It is written” – I am accepted in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:7. “It is written” – I have redemption and forgiveness.

Ephesians 1:11. “It is written” – I have obtained an inheritance.

Ephesians 1:13. “It is written” –  I have been sealed in Him with the promised Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:4. “It is written” –  I am loved by God.

Ephesians 2:5. “It is written” – I have been made alive together with Christ.

Ephesians 2:6. “It is written” –  I have been raised up with Him and seated with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8. “It is written” – I am saved by grace through faith.

Ephesians 2:10. “It is written” – I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works.

Ephesians 2:13. “It is written” – I have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:14. “It is written” – Christ is my peace.

Ephesians 2:18. “It is written” – through Christ, I have access in one spirit to the Father.

Ephesians 2:19. “It is written” – I am no longer a stranger and alien, but I am a fellow citizen with the saints.

Ephesians 3:6. “It is written” – I am a fellow heir and fellow member of the body.

Ephesians 3:6b. “It is written” – I am a fellow partaker of the promise of Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:12. “It is written” – in Christ and through faith in Him, we have boldness and confident access to God.

Ephesians 3:16 “It is written” – I am strengthened with power through His Spirit in my inner man.

Ephesians 3:17. “It is written” – I am rooted and grounded in Christ’s love.

Ephesians 4:7. “It is written” – I have been given grace.

Ephesians 4:24. “It is written” – I have a new self which, in the likeness of God, has been created in righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:32. “It is written” – I have been forgiven.

Philippians 1:6. “It is written” – I am confident that He who began a good work in me will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:11. “It is written” – I am filled with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:21. “It is written” – for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Philippians 2:13. “It is written” – God is at work within me both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Philippians 2:15. “It is written” – I shine like a star in the universe.

Philippians 4:7. “It is written” – the peace of God guards my heart and mind.

Philippians 4:13. “It is written” – I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:19. “It is written” – God shall supply all my needs, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:12. “It is written” – the Father has qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Colossians 1:13. “It is written” – I have been delivered from the dominion of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of his beloved Son.

Colossians 1:14. “It is written” – I have redemption and forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:27. “It is written” – Christ is in me.

Colossians 2:10. “It is written” – in Christ, I have been made complete.

Colossians 2:12a. “It is written” – I have been buried with Him in baptism.

Colossians 2:12b. “It is written” – I had been raised up with Him through faith.

Colossians 2:13. “It is written” – I had been made alive together with Him.

It is Written – A Journey Through the New Testament (3)

jesusisthereasonI saw a child the other day at church say, “God loves me soooo much” and then she spread out her arms side to side as wide and as far as she was able to indicate that as far as her little fingers tried to stretch, God loved her just a little bit more than that. 

She gets it!  God does love us “soooooo much”!  I hope you (as an adult) understands that too, after you read these verses as we continue our journey through the New Testament.

1 Corinthians 3:9. “It is written” – I am God’s fellow worker, I am God’s field, and I am God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:16. “It is written” – I am a temple of God in which the Spirit of God indwells.

1 Corinthians 3:17. “It is written” – I am a holy temple of God.

1 Corinthians 3: 21-22. “It is written” – all things belong to me, as I belong to Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:17. “It is written” – I am one spirit with Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:19. “It is written” – my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in me.

1 Corinthians 6:20. “It is written” – I have been bought with a price.

1 Corinthians 7:22. “It is written” – I am Christ’s slave.

1 Corinthians 15:52. “It is written” – I will be raised from the dead imperishable.

1 Corinthians 15:53. “It is written” – I will put on immortality.

2 Corinthians 1:4. “It is written” – I am comforted by God.

2 Corinthians 1:10. “It is written” – I am delivered from the peril of death.

2 Corinthians 1:22a. “It is written” – I am sealed in Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:22b. “It is written” – I have been given the Spirit as a deposit.

2 Corinthians 2:15. “It is written” – I am a fragrance of Christ to God among both the saved and lost.

2 Corinthians 3:3. “It is written” – I am a letter of Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:6. “It is written” – I am a servant of the new covenant.

2 Corinthians 3:18. “It is written” – I am being transformed into the likeness of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 4:1. “It is written” – I have received mercy.

2 Corinthians 4:7. “It is written” – I have the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 4:10. “It is written” – the life of Christ is manifested in my body.

2 Corinthians 4:16. “It is written” – my inner man is being renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 5:1. “It is written” – I have a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 Corinthians 5:7. “It is written” – I live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:17. “It is written” – I am a new creature in Christ, old things have passed away, and all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:18. “It is written” – I have the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20. “It is written” – I am an ambassador for Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21. “It is written” – I am the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 9:8. “It is written” – I have all sufficiency in everything.

2 Corinthians 10:7. “It is written” – I am Christ’s.

2 Corinthians 13:5. “It is written” – Jesus Christ is in me.

Galatians 2:20a. “It is written” – I am crucified with Christ.

Galatians 2:20b. “It is written” – Christ lives in me.

Galatians 3:26. “It is written” – I am a son of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28. “It is written” – I am one in Jesus Christ with all believers.

Galatians 3:29. “It is written” – I am Abraham’s offspring. I am an heir according to the promise.

Galatians 4:6. “It is written” – I am a son of God.

Galatians 4:7. “It is written” – I am no longer a slave, but a son; and if the son, then an heir through God.

Galatians 5:22-23. “It is written” – I have the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Ephesians 1:1. “It is written” – I’m a faithful saint in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:2. “It is written” – I have grace and peace.

Ephesians 1:3. “It is written” – I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

It is Written – A Journey Through the New Testament (2)

How’s the Christmas baking coming?  Did you enjoy last week’s “journey” through the New Testament?  Let’s continue to be encouraged and strengthened this week.

It is Written

John 17:23. “It is written” – I am in Christ and loved by the Father.

John 20:21. “It is written” – just as He was sent into the world by His Father, God, so He is sending me.

John 15:5 “It is written” – He is the vine and I am a branch and I am to abide or dwell intimately as close to Him as I can.

John 15:7-8. “It is written” – if I dwell intimately in Jesus and His words dwell intimately in me, whatever I ask it will be done so that God the Father will be glorified.

Acts 13:38. “It is written” – I have forgiveness of sins through Christ.

Acts 13:39. “It is written” – I have been freed from all things.

Romans 1:6. “It is written” – I am among the called of Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:7. “It is written” – I am beloved of God, a saint.

Romans 3:23. “It is written” – I and everyone else have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1. “It is written” – I have been justified by faith, and I have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:2. “It is written” – I have grace through faith.

Romans 5:3-4. “It is written” – I have perseverance, character and hope.

Romans 5:10b. “It is written” – I have been saved by his life.

Romans 5:19. “It is written” – I have been made righteous through the obedience of Christ.

Romans 6:2. “It is written” – I have died to sin.

Romans 6:3. “It is written” – I have been baptized into Christ death.

Romans 6:4. “It is written” – I have been raised from the dead to walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:6a. “It is written” – I have been crucified with Christ.

Romans 6:6b. “It is written” – I am no longer a slave to sin.

Romans 6:11. “It is written” – I am dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:14. “It is written” – I am not under law, but under grace.

Romans 6:18. “It is written” – I am a slave of righteousness.

Romans 6:23. “It is written” – that the wages of sin is death but that Jesus Christ paid that price for me with His death so I now have the gift of eternal life.

Romans 8:1. “It is written” – I now have no condemnation.

Romans 8:2. “It is written” – I have been set free from the law of sin and of death.

Romans 8:11. “It is written” – I have life and my mortal body through His Spirit, who lives within me.

Romans 8:16. “It is written” – I am a child of God.

Romans 8:17. “It is written” – I am an heir of God and fellow heir of Christ.

Romans 8:28. “It is written” – all things are working together for my good.

Romans 8:30. “It is written” – I have been justified and glorified.

Romans 8:38. “It is written” – no power can separate me from the love of God.

Romans 12:3. “It is written” – I have the measure of faith that God has given to me.

Romans 12:6. “It is written” – I have been given gifts.

Romans 14:8. “It is written” – whether I live or die, I am the Lord’s.

Romans 15:14. “It is written” – I am full of goodness and filled with all knowledge, as it is given by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:2. “It is written” – I am sanctified in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:4. “It is written” – I have been given the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:5. “It is written” – in everything I am enriched in Him.

1 Corinthians 1:7. “It is written” – I am not lacking in any spiritual gift.

1 Corinthians 1:9. “It is written” – I am called into fellowship with Jesus Christ, my lord.

1 Corinthians 1:30. “It is written” – I am in Christ Jesus, who gives me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

1 Corinthians 2:16. “It is written” – I have the mind of Christ.

It is Written – A Journey Through the New Testament

religious-christmas-graphics-0027Christmas…’tis the season to be frazzled!

But for the next six weeks, while you’re decking halls, shopping, baking, shopping, caroling, tree-trimming, shopping some more and getting more and more frazzled…take time to concentrate on the “Reason for the Season” and glean some much needed encouragement from Scripture.

Take a pre-Christmas journey with me through the New Testament.

It is Written

Matthew 5:13. “It is written” – I am the salt of the earth.

Matthew 5:14. “It is written” – I am the light of the world.

Matthew 21: 21-22. “It is written” – if I have faith and do not doubt I will not only wilt the fig as He did but I will also say to this mountain that is in my life: be removed and be cast into the sea, and it will be done, and whatever things I ask in prayer, believing, I will receive.

Mark 11:23-24. “It is written” – when I speak according to the word and will of God, Heaven responds.

Mark 16:15. “It is written” – I am to go into all the world and preach the gospel.

Luke 11:9-10. “It is written” – that whatever I ask it will be given to me, that whatever I seek I will find, that whenever I knock on the door it will be opened to me.

John 1:12. “It is written” – since I have received Him into my heart He has given me the right to become a child of God.

John 2:9,10,23. “It is written” – Signs and Miracles are to point to Christ so people will believe.

John 3:16. “It is written” – that He loves me so much that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die as a sacrifice for all my sins so that I could live with Him for eternity.

John 3:18. “It is written” – if I believe in Him I am not condemned.

John 3:21. “It is written” – when I do what His truth says and come to Him who is light then I will escape darkness and condemnation.

John 3:36. “It is written” – I have eternal life.

John 4:50-53. “It is written” – when I believe, trust and obey Jesus’ word I will have what I ask for.

John 5:24. “It is written” – I have passed from death into life.

John 6:29. “It is written” – the work of God is that I believe on Jesus Christ, whom He sent.

John 6:46-51. “It is written” – Jesus is of God and has seen God and if I believe in Jesus I have everlasting life;  He is the bread of life, He is “out of” heaven and has come to earth to deliver me from eternal death.  He is the living bread – the One who gives life to me forever, and He gave His flesh on the cross for the life of the world.

John 7:38. “It is written” – out of my innermost being flows rivers of living water.

John 8:31-32. “It is written” – if I truly believe in Him and continue in His Word then I will know the truth and the truth will set me free.

John 9:7. “It is written” – if I will obey, I will receive.

John 14:12-14. “It is written” – that the works that Jesus did I will do also, and even greater works, because Jesus has gone to the Father and sent His Holy Spirit.

John 14:12-14. “It is written” – that if I ask anything in the name of Jesus that will bring glory to the Father, Jesus will do it.

John 14:12-14. “It is written” – Jesus wants me to do what He did and He has equipped me with his Holy Spirit to do just that.

John 14:20. “It is written” – I am in Christ, and Christ is in me.

John 14:23. “It is written” – if I love Him and keep His words then God will love me and the Father and Son in the Holy Spirit will dwell, remain and habitate with me.

John 14:27. “It is written” – I have peace in Christ.

John 15:9. “It is written” – I am loved by Jesus.

John 15:16. “It is written” – I am chosen and ordained by Jesus to go forth and to bear fruit – fruit that will last.

John 16:27. “It is written” – I am loved by the Father.

John 17:9. “It is written” – I belong to God, I am His.

John 17:13. “It is written” – I have the full joy of Jesus.

John 17:15. “It is written” – I am protected from the evil one.

John 17:18. “It is written” – I have been sent into the world.

John 17:22. “It is written” – I have God’s glory.

Limitless Possibilities

NanowrimoMy creative writing class is in the middle of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) with a goal per student of writing 20,000 words or more.  For Junior High School students that is an amazing accomplishment!  As their teacher, I am mostly a spectator/encourager this month as my twenty students spend their class time on  computers tapping out stories, each of them immersed in their own “dream” world.  One student loves poetry and blogging so she is making a compilation work of her poetry and blog posts.  Confined to a wheelchair and blind after a freak complication left her with a brain injury after a routine tonsillectomy three years ago, Hope is an inspiration to me as well as the rest of the class.  I listen to her narrate her poems to Dawn, her teaching aid and “scribe” and I am blown away by her creativity and passion for writing.  They are the only two voices I hear in the classroom.  The only other sound is the tapping of fingers on keyboards, as my young writers determinedly write their own stories.  Once in a while a student will giggle or gasp depending on the plot line they have masterminded.  A student will quickly turn to another student and ask hurriedly, “I need a word!  How do I say….?”  A brief discussion will follow and the tapping will continue.  It’s brilliant!

As a teacher, it’s wonderful to see my students engaged enthusiastically about something in the classroom.  As a writer, my heart is full to see students who love to write!

At the end of the class, I can’t help but eavesdrop at their conversations as they put away their computers.  They share what their fictional characters are about to do next, or how they wrestled with a villain or discovered a secret passage, or had a heart wrenching breakup…bits and pieces of plotlines that pique my interest.  They are future authors, one and all!

Hope passes me and smiles widely as her assistant pushes her wheelchair from the classroom.  “I wrote another poem about horses!” she says.  Writing transports her from the confines of that chair and into a world of limitless possibilities and endless imagination.  I can’t help but feel that I am watching a miracle develop in front of my eyes and I humbly thank God for allowing me the opportunity to witness it first-hand!

In the Shadow of the Crosses

(I wrote this post a couple of years ago and repost it again to remember those men and women who sacrificed so much so we could have so much.)

When I was a little girl I was given an autograph book.  I think they may have gone by the way of the dinosaur, but in those days collecting autographs was a big thing to do.  I remember I first had to ask my mother and father, brother and other family members to “autograph” my book.  For years I collected autographs from friends, sports stars, political figures, special guests at school etc.  I have the autograph of Guy Lafleur, and Yvan Cournoyer when the Canadiens hockey team played an exhibition game in Victoria in the early 70’s.  I have the autograph of Tommy Douglas when he was a guest at our school, and I even have one from King Frederik IX of Denmark …well,  at least a formal letter with the royal seal, written by his Majesty’s private secretary after I sent the King birthday greetings when he turned seventy.    Close enough.

But one of my most  favorite autographs was written by a woman who I considered my Canadian “grandma”.

Dear Lynn,

This I learned from the shadow of the tree, which to and fro swayed upon the lawn.

Your shadowself, your influence, may fall where you can never be.

With Love,

“Nana” Antalfy   (Mar. 15, 1970 – Saseenos, B.C.)

For years I did not honestly know what she meant by those words.  When she moved away I remember sitting out on the steps of our house in Sooke, B.C. and watching how the sumac tree on our front lawn would sway in the breeze.  It was a willowy type of tree and didn’t cast much of shadow at all.  In fact of all the trees in our yard, it was the puniest, and the most unassuming tree amongst them all.

Puzzled, I questioned my mother about what Mrs. Antalfy had meant by “shadowself” and “influence”, and pointed at the sumac tree.  My Mom beckoned for me to stand in the yard and then look at my own shadow.  She then challenged me to try to step on the “head” of my own shadow.  She laughed and cheered me on as I chased my shadow around the yard trying to step on it.  No matter how far I stretched my legs, or how fast I ran, or how high I jumped, it was impossible to catch my shadow.  Then Mom told me to stop moving and calmly came over and stood on top of my shadow, right on my shadow’s head.  “See?” she said.  “Sort of.” I said breathlessly, but really I hadn’t grasped the concept at all.

On November 11 we celebrate Remembrance Day, a day set aside to honour the brave men and women who served Canada in times of war and peace; those who valiantly gave their lives in service to their country.  Whenever I think of their sacrifice, I proudly stand in their shadow and when I wear that little poppy emblem on my lapel, I symbolically stand in the shadow of their crosses.  Their courage, their strength, their fortitude, beats in the hearts of all the family members they have left behind.  Because of their sacrifice on our behalf, we know freedom in this country. 

“On August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany. Canada, as a member of the British Empire, was automatically at war, and its citizens from all across the land responded quickly.  Within three weeks, 45,000 Canadians had rushed to join up. John McCrae was among them.  He was appointed brigade-surgeon to the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery with the rank of Major and second-in-command…In April 1915, John McCrae was in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium, in the area traditionally called Flanders. Some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place there during what was known as the Second Battle of Ypres.  The day before he wrote his famous poem, one of McCrae’s closest friends was killed in the fighting and buried in a makeshift grave with a simple wooden cross.  Wild poppies were already beginning to bloom between the crosses marking the many graves.  Unable to help his friend or any of the others who had died, John McCrae gave them a voice through his poem.”  (http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/)

In Flanders Fields by: John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Lest we forget…

Their “shadowself”, their “influence” continues to fall where they can never be.