Monday, March 30th, 2020. 4:00 PM.
The Melting of Marco
How a Cold-Hearted Sinner Defrosted
Like Frosty the Snowman
Standing on Sweet Avenue at High Noon
On the Fourth of July
Waiting for Phoebe Pure and Bright
To Come and Behold him with Her Eyes So Bright
And by the power of her Love
Turn him into a real man
Removing his scarf and his hat
And his carrot nose
And eyes of black coal
And his buttons, too, of coal
And his corncob pipe — like Popeye’s
And speak to his heart
And whisper in his ear
Her words of love
Her Look of Love
“And melt his heart like April snow”
And sing him a song
Phoebe: “Hey, Marco. Can you hear me, old man?”
Phoebe: “Heavenly Father . . . in our Lord Jesus’ Name, please help.”
Heavenly Father: “Phoebe, how is it that you do not help him?”
Phoebe: “Father, how can I, a mere human, help this poor silent soul?”
Father: “Phoebe, listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart. He will show you how.”
Phoebe listened for the silent voice of the Holy Spirit to show her the way to help Old Frosty. She began to look intently at Frosty’s face. It was melting. She imagined the drops on his face were tears. She began to imagine he was crying for her, for her love, her kindness, her loving kindness. She felt something on her cheek. She realized it was a tear, a tear for Frosty. She imagined he was cold without his scarf — and his coat unbuttoned. She put her arms around him and softly hugged him. On such a warm day it felt very soothing to her to embrace his coolness. Her embrace of him invigorated her. It made her shiver, too; but only for one moment. And Marco’s heart was indeed melting for Phoebe though she could not see it happening with her eyes.
Whitney Houston-One Moment In Time (lyrics)
“Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty – he is the King of glory.” -Psalm 24:6-10. NIV.
Whitney Houston ~ one moment in time~Lyrics
A gentle smile appeared on Phoebe’s face. She kissed him. He had no mouth, but she kissed him anyway.
Phoebe: “Heavenly Father? What else can I do for him? He’s still melting?”
Heavenly Father: “Do not judge by mere appearances, Phoebe. Only believe.”
Finally, Phoebe didn’t know what else to do for Frosty; so, she walked away, saying a prayer for Old Frosty. When she got home, she poured a glass of iced tea and sat down. She was still thinking of Frosty. In her imagination she could still see him. Her heart was feeling deeply sorry that she couldn’t bring him back to life. Her heart was aching to speak kind words to him. She was thinking: “Oh Frosty, I wish I could have helped you more. I didn’t want you to just melt away on the sidewalk of Sweet Avenue. I’m so sad now as I remember you, old Marco. I suppose I’ll never see you again . . . at least not until the twelfth of never, my darling.” Then she wondered, “When is the twelfth of never? I never really thought about that. I guess it’s like Eternity.” Her thoughts returned to old man Marco. That way of remembering his name reminded her of a song: “Old Man River.” Then it occurred to her that just as a river is made of water, so Old Frosty was made of water, too. She remembered Frosty’s melting face, the water dripping down like tears – and her own tear for him as she was looking at him on Sweet Avenue.
Show Boat – Ol Man River
JUDY GARLAND:’OL’ MAN RIVER’.GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK.
He must be all gone now, she thought — melted and evaporated from the warm air all around him on the sidewalk of Sweet Avenue. “Heavenly Father! Why didn’t you help me more to help that old man? Why didn’t you save him, Lord?”
Heavenly Father: “Phoebe, I did save him.”
Phoebe: “Where is he, Father?”
Father: “He lives within your heart, now, Phoebe.”
Those words “he lives within your heart” reminded Phoebe of a song. It began to play in her memory, from her heart:
She took another sip of her iced tea. She looked at the glass and the tea inside and realized the tea was also mostly water – like Frosty and the rivers in the song: Ole Man River – the Mississippi and the Jordan Rivers. She drank up all the tea. And swallowed. She thought: “The tea, the water, is in me now, in my belly.” She remembered a passage of Scripture where Jesus was alone with a Samaritan woman and talking with her about water:
“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:7-14. NIV Study Bible.
Phoebe wondered what that meant: “will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” She wondered about the iced tea water in her belly – would it become a spring of water welling up to eternal life? The Holy Spirit reminded her of John the Baptist saying: “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.” [John 3:27b]. Did the water in her tea come from heaven? Does everything come from heaven?
Andy Williams – The Look of Love
The next day early in the morning, Phoebe was getting ready to go to work. She was pondering her thoughts of yesterday – about water and Frosty and Marco and Heavenly Father; and Jesus’ conversation with the woman at Jacob’s well. Another Scripture came to mind — about Christ:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” -Colossians 1:15-20. NIV.
A while later, Phoebe made a cup of hot tea and sat down with it. As she quietly sipped her tea, the Holy Spirit reminded her of yet another passage of the Scriptures: “But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” – 2 Peter 3:5, 7. ESV Study Bible.
Another passage was brought to her attention: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” -Hebrews 11:1-3.
Phoebe wondered about all this. All these things about water . . . all these things about Christ. Was there a connection? How should she understand all this? She recalled a partial passage of Scripture: “When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” -1 Corinthians 15:28. NIV.
1 Corinthians 15:1-58.
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