“Eileen’s Three Valentine Cards”

Thursday, February 11th, 2021. 9:55 AM. My mother’s birthday. She would have been 91 today. She always used to add about her February 11th birthday: “The day before Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.” I got the idea that Mom liked Abraham Lincoln. She liked the actor Ward Bond, too. He portrayed the wagon master in the early years of the TV series: Wagon Train in the late 1950s. I think she liked Jimmy Stuart, too. And Gregory Peck and Gary Cooper.

Dear Eileen

Happy Valentine’s Day

Catch the Wind, Donovan. with lyrics

Catch the Wind, Donovan. with lyrics – YouTube

Vinesong – Peace Like a River (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – LIVE

Vinesong – Peace Like a River (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – LIVE – YouTube

Vinesong Music – Let Your Living Water Flow

Vinesong Music – Let Your Living Water Flow – YouTube

Vinesong – Holy Ghost Fire

Vinesong – Holy Ghost Fire – YouTube

Spirit Soaking Worship | Come Holy Spirit (Worthy is the Lamb)

Spirit Soaking Worship | Come Holy Spirit (Worthy is the Lamb) – YouTube

Vinesong – Our God Reigns (Original Version w/ Lyrics)

Vinesong – Our God Reigns (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – YouTube

Vinesong – Holy Spirit Move Me Now (Lyric Video)

Vinesong – Holy Spirit Move Me Now (Lyric Video) – YouTube

Eileen, I just woke up from a short nap and began thinking of you

And imagining writing to you.

I remember that you texted me last May 27th, 2020 to push you out of my mind and forget about you, Eileen; have not heard from you since that day — almost 9 months ago. I miss hearing from you so very much, Eileen. My heart yearns like an-as-yet-unborn baby needing to get through the birth canal to see the light in his mother’s Irish eyes and to be in the Shekinah glory of her loving smile and her loving heart.

However, God, Who Is Love and Light and Spirit, is more powerful than all human words and wills and their hearts and minds and souls and their human spirits. He is certainly more powerful than me. Mere human beings cannot resist True God’s Divine Will. As the apostles Peter and John replied to those who tried to stop them from preaching in the name of Jesus: “But Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.’” -The Acts of the Apostles 4:19. ESV Study Bible.

Acts 4:1-37.

Acts 4 ESV – Peter and John Before the Council – And – Bible Gateway

I have three not-too-serious Valentine cards recently bought at Price Rite

They’re not super serious cards like the one sent to you a few months ago.

They are more like normal Valentine cards – for those a little older than we were at St. Charles School — in 4th through 8th grades, Eileen.

Wondering what to do with them . . .

Should I just leave them in a drawer like the one I kept for about 11 years before sending it to you, at long last, just a few months ago?

Should I just leave them somewhere, unsigned, for anyone who might want to take them and give them to someone special in their life?

Should I send them one at a time to you? Perhaps not — that might exasperate you – or, perplex you;

Or send all three at once in one envelope?

Should I write a note to you and ask you what to do with them – like a little boy asking his mom for instructions?

Here’s a thought:

Dear Eileen

Even if you don’t write to me, I still remember you

And want to send a Valentine card or three to you

“Why three of them, Mark?”

I don’t know . . . I was at Price Rite shopping for food on February 4th, 2021, and noticed the cards section and just had to buy them.

“That’s what I mean about you, Mark – you have these compulsions and obsessions and heresies and “demons of desire” and love for me . . . you can’t just do your shopping – you have to be thinking of me; you must be so lonely . . . that you’re love sick over me.”

Eileen:

Maybe One is from the Father and

One is from His Son and

And One is from His Holy Spirit – the Holy Ghost.

Maybe, Eileen . . .

Because “you’re once, twice, three times a lady” to me . . .

And how did that happen, Mark?

I don’t know, Eileen.

Have you heard the hymn “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”

. . .  His wonders to perform . . .”?

God Moves in a Mysterious Way (Grace Community Church)

God Moves in a Mysterious Way (Grace Community Church) – YouTube

Maybe God wants me to send these Valentine cards to you [I don’t know]

Maybe He wants to be your Valentine, Eileen – Maybe He wants you to be His Valentine — and is making me “the mailman of La Mancha” to reach for the unreachable star — the evening star that becomes the morning star — in you, Eileen . . . maybe this is all for your glory, Eileen.

Eileen: “Mark, are you just flattering me?”

Mark: I don’t know; perhaps there is some of that in my heart that wants to lift you up and adore you; however, Eileen, it is also written in Isaiah 55:8, 9. ESV:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8, 9. ESV Study Bible.

Isaiah 55-66 ESV

Isaiah 55-66 ESV – The Compassion of the LORD – “Come, – Bible Gateway

Eileen: What am I supposed to do about all this?

Mark: Read the cards and the accompanying letter of 11 pages; listen to the hymns and songs; consider it all; think about it; remember it; go over it all again and again; and read the Holy Scriptures and consider them, too; and pray; and believe in the gospel; and believe on Jesus Christ; and receive him as your Lord and Savior; and allow his Living Word and His Holy Spirit to renew your mind and convert your heart and soul to Christ – for new birth and eventual regeneration; living in the faith and the hope of Christ in you, the hope of glory, as the Scriptures teach us who believe in Him.  

It is written: “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” -Revelation 22:16. ESV Study Bible.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” -Revelation 22:17. ESV.

“And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” -2 Peter 1:19, 21. ESV Study Bible.

Three Times A Lady

Three Times A Lady – YouTube

“So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” -Romans 9:16. ESV.

Romans 9

Romans 9 ESV – God’s Sovereign Choice – I am – Bible Gateway

“The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.”     2 John 1-3. ESV Study Bible.

2 John 1-13

2 John 1-13 ESV – Greeting – The elder to the elect lady – Bible Gateway

John 14-17

John 14-17 ESV – I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the – Bible Gateway

Three Times A Lady

Three Times A Lady – YouTube

You Decorated My Life – Kenny Rogers (Lyrics) HD

You Decorated My Life – Kenny Rogers (Lyrics) HD – YouTube

She Believes In Me

She Believes In Me – YouTube

Eileen’s Mark David Richer

Lord, should I leave those words “Eileen’s Mark David Richer” there? Don’t I belong to You, Lord? Yes, you do belong to Me, Mark. Then why, Lord, should I call myself “Eileen’s Mark David Richer”?  That is what you are to write, Mark, for Me. Amen, Lord. Thy Will be done. You are in My Love with Eileen, Mark.

 Mark + Eileen = ME

Westlife – My Love (Lyrics)

Westlife – My Love (Lyrics) – YouTube

UV Rose – Christmas Love (Lyrics)

UV Rose – Christmas Love (Lyrics) – YouTube

Westlife – I Have a Dream ( Lyrics ) 2020 | Best Songs | Love Songs

Westlife – I Have a Dream ( Lyrics ) 2020 | Best Songs | Love Songs – YouTube

God Moves in a Mysterious Way (live)- Crossroads Music

God Moves in a Mysterious Way (live)- Crossroads Music – YouTube

Eileen, come into the Way and the Truth and the Life . . . this is where you belong, Eileen – in Him.

These words are for you, Eileen:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30. ESV Study Bible.

Your name, Eileen, means light – however, Jesus said:

“If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” -Matthew 6:23b.

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” -John 8:12. ESV Study Bible.

John 8

John 8 ESV – but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. – Bible Gateway

God Moves In A Mysterious Way – Live – Christian worship song by Graham Kendrick

God Moves In A Mysterious Way – Live – Christian worship song by Graham Kendrick – YouTube

“The Shekinah Glory in Sonora’s Aura” – Mark’s Imaginings

Definition of Shekinah

“A word, though not occurring in the Bible, that is employed by some Jews and by Christians to describe the visible presence of the Lord. It is alluded to in such places as Isaiah 60:2 by the phrase “his glory” and in Romans 9:4 by the phrase “the glory.” Moses calls this the “cloud” in Exodus 14:19. Its first appearance occurred for a twofold purpose when Israel was being led by Moses out of Egypt. It hid the Israelites from the pursuing Egyptians and lighted the way at night for Israel (Exodus 13:21; 14:19-20). To the Egyptians it was a cloud of darkness, but to Israel a cloud of light. It later covered Sinai when God spoke with Moses (24:15-18), filled the tabernacle (40:34-35), guided Israel (40:36-38), filled Solomon’s temple (2 Chron 7:1), and was frequently seen in connection with Christ’s ministry in the NT (Matt 17:5; Acts 1:9).” -New International Bible Dictionary, Zondervan 1987.

Holy Overshadowing – Live – Christian Worship song by Graham Kendrick (UK Worship Leader)

Holy Overshadowing – Live – Christian Worship song by Graham Kendrick (UK Worship Leader) – YouTube

Revelation 17-22 ESV – The Great Prostitute and the Beast – Bible Gateway

Adore – Christmas Worship song by UK Worship Leader, Graham Kendrick

Adore – Christmas Worship song by UK Worship Leader, Graham Kendrick – YouTube

Mary Did You Know – Cee Lo Green Clip + lyrics

Mary Did You Know – Cee Lo Green Clip + lyrics – YouTube

For King & Country – Crave Clip + lyrics

For King & Country – Crave Clip + lyrics – YouTube

Steven Stern – Soul of a Man Clip + lyrics

Steven Stern – Soul of a Man Clip + lyrics – YouTube

Eileen, Did You Know?

Have you read the good News? – gospel means good news:

There is going to be a regeneration of all things, according to the Scriptures, which are all inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. There will be a new heavens and a new earth; and the bodies of believers will all be changed into glory; so, Eileen, if you don’t like me in this first generation, remember, there will be a new generation, and hopefully, the Good Lord will make me so beautiful and attractive-to-you in our regeneration, that you will just love me so much – even the sound of my voice may be so lovely to you that you will always want to be with me – to see me, to hear me, to enjoy my glorious God-given presence and to be enveloped in His Shekinah glory that will surround and imbue and saturate-to-the-core every thing in His new Creation – including you, Eileen – if you receive the love of the truth; and believe in the gospel; and believe on our Lord and Savior, the Son of God Most High, Jesus Christ.

“To them God choose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” -Colossians 1:27. ESV Study Bible.

Colossians 1-4

Colossians 1-4 ESV – Greeting – Paul, an apostle of Christ – Bible Gateway

Jesus at the Center by DARLENE ZSCHECH

Jesus at the Center by DARLENE ZSCHECH – YouTube

GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION (JOHN 3:16)

Gospel Tract – God’s Way of Salvation (John 3:16) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

Eileen, your own dad’s name is John. John means “Given by God.”

Eileen, take the Gospel According to John [the apostle and evangelist] to your heart. Take Jesus to your heart, Eileen. He is the One given by God for us to believe on and be saved for all Eternity. Let Him be your Valentine, Eileen – Any you, I mean, and you, Eileen, be His Valentine. Give your everything to Him; and let Him live and reign from the center of your heart. That’s the glory of love . . . the Shekinah glory of Christ in you, Eileen . . .

Bette Midler-The Glory of Love

Bette Midler-The Glory of Love – YouTube

Bette Midler The Glory Of Love Lyrics Video

Bette Midler The Glory Of Love Lyrics Video – YouTube

Beaches • Wind Beneath My Wings • Bette Midler

Beaches • Wind Beneath My Wings • Bette Midler – YouTube

Eileen: “Mark, don’t you ever stop?”

Mark: “It isn’t me, Eileen. It’s Love. Love never stops and Eternal Life never ends. – Just ask William Shakespeare:

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare (read by Sir Patrick Stewart) | 2020.08.19 | #ASonnetADay

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare (read by Sir Patrick Stewart) | 2020.08.19 | #ASonnetADay – YouTube

“The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond” | Pipers Of The World | [Official Video]

“The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond” | Pipers Of The World | [Official Video] – YouTube

Medley: “The Water Is Wide” , “Amazing Grace”, “Auld Lang Syne” | by the “Pipers Of The World”

Medley: “The Water Is Wide” , “Amazing Grace”, “Auld Lang Syne” | by the “Pipers Of The World” – YouTube

I Love You, Eileen Ann O’Gara

And My Love Will Never End

Mark David Richer

In the Name of the Lord Jesus, the Son of God — the Light of the World

The Light of Eileen — her True Light

The Lord said:

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” -John 16:4b-11. ESV Study Bible.

Jude 1-25

Jude 1-25 ESV – Greeting – Jude, a servant of Jesus – Bible Gateway

The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion – Karolina Protsenko (feat. Dangel) – Duet

Shallow – Daddy Daughter Duet – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (from A Star Is Born)

Vinesong – Jesus Your Love / Worship the Lord (Lyric Video)

Vinesong – Jesus Your Love / Worship the Lord (Lyric Video) – YouTube

My Love by Petula Clark w/ lyrics

My Love by Petula Clark w/ lyrics – YouTube

WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (Lyrics) – BETTE MIDLER

WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (Lyrics) – BETTE MIDLER – YouTube

Sarah McLachlan – In the arms of an angel

Sarah McLachlan – In the arms of an angel – YouTube

“I Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” -Revelation 22:16, 17. ESV.

Revelation 22

Revelation 22 ESV – The River of Life – Then the angel – Bible Gateway

Bette Midler – From A Distance (Official Music Video)

Bette Midler – From A Distance (Official Music Video) – YouTube

“I, Jesus, . . .”  verse 22:16a of Revelation ESV.

 GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION (JOHN 3:16)

Gospel Tract – God’s Way of Salvation (John 3:16) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

Thursday Night at 11:01 PM. 2/11/2021

Dear Eileen

May I share a memory with you from “our summer of ‘74”?

It is so sweet to me to remember us – you and me: Eileen & Mark

And to write to you about such sweet things that are close to my heart – things that I cherish —

Being friends with you

It was soon after the night we spent together in June 1974 — June 19th-20th, I think

Which was my mom & dad’s wedding anniversary – June 19th, 1948.

In the days following that sleep over in the cottage by the sea on Great island

I sent a greeting card to you

It was a funny card with a picture on the cover of a happy, smiling monkey.

I can’t recall any of the words on the card;

However, I remember the next time we were together in the kitchen in your parents’ cottage by the sea —

I like to remember it that way: “the cottage by the sea” — it sounds pretty and romantic

— as you are pretty, Eileen — and that summer with you was so romantic to me.

You asked me about that card

You asked me something like:

Eileen: “About that card you sent me, Mark – with a picture of a monkey on the cover: Did you think that what we did was animalistic?”

Mark: “No, I just wanted to send a funny card to you — to try to keep things between us light-hearted.”

Thursday, February 12, 2021. 3:42 PM.

Maybe some of the pieces of the puzzle mentioned in “The Shekinah Glory in Sonora’s Aura” – Mark’s Imaginings are beginning or about to begin coming together. Maybe the revelation of the truth that is about to appear in glory will be something beautiful beyond the imagination of mere men –to be enjoyed forever by those who have received the love of the truth; and have endured unto the end in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord — as we await His glorious appearing each day of our earthly lives – without growing bitter even if we die waiting – knowing that many before us waited, too – all their lives, understanding that this waiting is part of our worship and suffering for Christ, who suffered for us unto death – even death on a cross — and with much suffering even before He was nailed to that Cross – the beatings and abuse He suffered and endured the night before.

Unbelievers may sneeringly ask in the contempt of their hearts: “What is truth?” — as Pontius Pilate also asked Jesus.

Answer: “Jesus Christ is The Truth. And the Holy Scriptures are the Truth. And the gospel of Jesus Christ is the Truth. Are you willing to seek His kingdom while it may yet be found? Do you truly want to become a believer? Do you really want to believe the truth of the gospel of Christ? Are you willing to read The New Testament in order to hear the truth and believe it; and be born again by the grace of God through faith in His Son, the Savior of the world?”

Unbelievers: “_____________”

EMPTY

Gospel Tract – Empty – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

THE BODILY RESURRECTION OF CHRIST (KJV)

The Bodily Resurrection of Christ (KJV) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

EMPTY? (KJV)

Empty? (KJV) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

This Kingdom | Hillsong (Featuring Darlene Zschech)

This Kingdom | Hillsong (Featuring Darlene Zschech) – YouTube

Sweet Beulah Land – Squire Parsons

Sweet Beulah Land – Squire Parsons – YouTube

“Sweet Beulah Land” – Carroll Roberson

“Sweet Beulah Land” – Carroll Roberson – YouTube

Gold City-Midnight Cry

Gold City-Midnight Cry – YouTube

The Anchor Holds with lyrics Ray Boltz

The Anchor Holds with lyrics Ray Boltz – YouTube

Jesus at the Center by DARLENE ZSCHECH

Jesus at the Center by DARLENE ZSCHECH – YouTube

THE RAPTURE

Gospel Tract – The Rapture – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

WHAT IS MEANT BY THE RAPTURE?

Tract For Believers – What is Meant by the Rapture? – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

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