One day several months ago I went to church with a heavy heart. Our family had just been through a bitter-sweet experience, and that day was feeling more bitter than sweet. The service began, and the song leader announced the hymn: “When Morning Gilds the Skies.” I opened my hymnal and sang along obediently. Verse 1, then verse 2. As we sang, I took in the words, especially verse 2. “Does sadness fill my mind?” Yes, it does. “A solace here I find.” What is it? “May Jesus Christ be praised!” Okay, Lord, I’m listening. “Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this: May Jesus Christ be praised!” With those words, my sorrow began to fade as my heart was filled with praise to my Savior. Continue reading
Recently I read through the epistle to the Philippians, asking the Lord to show me something new, and He showed me the context of 4:8, found in 4:7…
“In all things I am instructed both to be full, and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
If it were up to me,
My life would be a shame.
Because of choices I have made,
Disgrace would soil my name.
But look what God has done!
To shield me with His care.
He gave His one begotten Son
My guilt and shame to bear.
This poem was written as the header for one of the many volumes of my journal. I love to look back on old volumes to see what God has done in my life and in the lives of my loved ones.
Photo taken in Outer Banks, North Carolina, 2017