S: Reverence - B. Jesse Nix, Sr.
BC: Lion and Lamb, by Chris Hoy
1: Forward On a beautiful Fall morning in 1976, my faithful Opel Rekord carried me easterly, along the valleys of the Main and Regnitz Rivers, to the 1000-year-old city of Bamberg, Germany. Anciently, Bamberg was christianized by the Benedictine Monks of Fulda Abbey and for a short time served as the center of the Holy Roman Empire. In darker times, Bamberg was the site of the "Bamberg Conference", called to end dissent within the National Socialist German Workers' Party. The purpose of my modern journey that peaceful Sunday was to carry the message of love and encouragement from the Presidency of the Frankfurt Germany Servicemen's District to the members of the Bamberg Servicemen's Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Numerous topics occupied my thoughts as I struggled with what I would say. Appending a new request in direct opposition to my on-going prayer for safety and good judgment while driving the German highways, I began to have an outpouring of thoughts on the subject of Reverence. As my left hand steered, my right hand wrote down those words that follow here. May these reflections on reverence uplift and inspire the reader as they have me these last 35 years. B. Jesse Nix, Sr. Woodbridge, Virginia 17 January 2012 2nd Edition 17 February 2012 | Cover: River at Sunset All illustrations may be subject to copyright.
2: A reverent man respects the Things of God. He stands in holy places— Among the pearls, not Among the swine. | Imagenes de jesus christ.
3: A reverent man understands The difference between: - A song and a hymn - A book and a scripture - A thought and a prayer - A man and a Prophet
4: A reverent man is cheerful; He glows. He is a Saint, not an Ain't.
5: A reverent man has sweat upon his brow. He has to work at it. He is not always reverent, For he is human; but he tries. | Trek to Nauvoo
6: A reverent man seeks knowledge. | Christ in the Temple, by Heinrich Hofmann
7: He knows that listeners learn— that He robs his neighbor When he disrupts the spirit of a Teaching, worshipping, Or fellowshipping activity.
8: Reverence is unhurried; A peaceful river Flowing slow, full, and mighty. A reverent man does not hurry. He needn't make quick decisions. | Flowing River Abstract
9: God is never hurried. If He were, He must cease to be God. If man is irreverent, He can never become as God.
10: The prayers of a reverent man Are reflections of his heart. | Tetons Reflected in Snake River
11: His hands and feet are content To be still.
12: Golden Wave
13: Reverence is a living thing-- A solvent that thins and parts the veil To allow things of God To enter earthly tabernacles.
14: Reverence is the dwelling place Of the Holy Ghost-- The password of revelation. | Bright Sun
15: A reverent man is an organized man Who can close his briefcase Without sitting on it. If necessary, A reverent man has two briefcases. | Unknown Title
16: Reverence is authority and power. It must be so. No irreverent thought has increased The human mind. No irreverent act has glorified Mankind. | Throne
17: Reverence is the throne of God. It clothes all those who hold audience In His exalted presence.
19: Reverence is love, peace, respect, And harmony between: Body and Spirit, Mother and Child, Father and Son, Lion and Lamb, God and Man.
21: An irreverent man is wanting Forgiveness For thoughtless acts, words, and Omissions That restrict the free flow of His eternal progression And would reduce his pace to a Stumbling shuffle. | Logjam
22: Reverence is the combination to a vault -- The key to a golden door. | Misplace it or give it away, And you are denied the wondrous treasures That lie within. | Door to Forbidden City
24: Reverence is the testimony in kind That we offer up to the Lord Each day of our lives in all that we do: At work, At play, In Worship, or In service to our fellow men. | Christus
26: Reverence confuses the senses Of an irreverent man, but . . . It thrills the soul of the righteous: | Canyon
27: Reverence cannot be touched, but . . . It can be felt. It cannot be seen, but . . . It can be admired. It has no taste, but . . . It sweetens earthly experience. It has no scent, but . . . it is as refreshing as the cool, canyon air. It has no voice, but . . . It proclaims the presence of God.