The motto of the ancient MacDonald clan is Per Mare, Per Terras – By sea, by land. The clan coat of arms shows a hand clinging to a cross. Some believe this motto means that we are to take the Cross of Christ to the lost, by sea or by land. This is what I see when I look at our crest.
Years ago, in the album Sons of Somerled, Steve McDonald performed the song above. It is a beautiful and haunting melody that seems to call McDonalds around the world to remember their ancient home in Scotland.
Today, I am working on the final sermon in our series on the Apostles’ Creed – reflecting on everlasting life. Part of this reflection is of course the truth of life eternal that we will enjoy with our Lord in Heaven, a life without tears, without turmoil, without division.
But we must not forget that eternal life is now as well. We are to live the abundant life of eternity now. The Kingdom is not just the “pie in the sky, bye and bye.” The Kingdom is now. Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice, and that He gives them eternal life.
And so, as I finish the sermon, I find myself asking: Am I living eternal life? Am I living abundant life? Am I walking in confidence that my Lord is with me and that He will never leave me nor forsake me? Am I holding to the truth that His Kingdom is now? Am I living the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control?
We don’t have to wait for the Kingdom to live out Christ in our day to day lives – by God’s Grace, we can live in victory today!
As you watch the video and reflect upon the breathtaking scenes of Scotland, imagine the beauty that awaits us in Heaven. And remember, we are called to live out the Gospel today – and to take it to the lost, by sea and by land. Today, we are to seek to live the Kingdom – and what a joy it is.
Per Mare, Per Terras!