I awakened with these lyrics playing in my mind:

“It is finished, He has done it, life conquered death, Jesus Christ, has done it!”

It’s no doubt that people have been praying for Leslie, Gabriel and I as today marks the 8th year since Marissa went home to be with Jesus, and in the processed conquered death.

I mentioned to a friend earlier today that I know that people are praying for me because when I experience being in my “right mind” during the midst of a hurricane, I know that a power greater than me is at work in me. I felt that during the first few days after May 27, 2008, and I feel it today, having gone through a week of feeling the unenviable winds of grief this week as well.

So I marvel that on this day that I awaken with not only a song in my heart, but this particular song with these lyrics coursing through my mind, for which I’m grateful.

I know we’ll see Marissa again, and I’ll always appreciate your prayers of comfort and support which keep me not only in my right mind, but inspired to live, work and love one more day.

Thank you,

Ken M

A message of Love from Marissa’s Journal

Lyrics from The Victor by Keith Green

Swallowed into earth’s dark womb

And death has triumphed

That’s what they say

But tried to hold him in the tomb

The son of life

Rose on the third day

Just look

The gates of hell

They’re falling

Crumbling from the inside out

He’s bursting through

The walls with laughter (hah!)

Listen to the angels shout

It is finished

He has done it

Life conquered death

Jesus christ

Has won it

His plan of battle

You know it

He fooled them all

They led him off to prison to die

But as he entered hades hall

He broke those hellish chains with a cry

Just listen to those demons screaming

See him bruise the serpent’s head

The prisoners of hell

He’s redeeming (oh!)

All the power of death is dead

It is finished

He has done it

Life conquered death

Jesus christ

Has won it

Just look

The gates of hell they’re falling

Crumbling from the inside out

He’s bursting through the walls with laughter (hah!)

Listen to the angels shout

(listen, oh, listen)

It is finished

He has done it

Life conquered death

Jesus christ

Has won it

It is finished

He has done it

Life conquered death

Jesus christ

Has won it

 

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  1. Amen Ken! He has risen, she has risen and we will rise!!! Old song lyrics “WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN, WHAT A DAY OF REJOICING THAT WILL BE, WHEN WE ALL SEE JESUS, WE WILL SING AND SHOUT THE VICTORY!”

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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