Sunday Hope: God All-Sufficient

With all that goes on in the world, it’s easy to take our eyes off the source of our life and hope. Here is an old Puritan prayer from “The Valley of Vision” that calls me back to that true source:

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O Lord of Grace, the world is before me this day and I am weak and fearful, but I look to you for strength; if I venture forth alone I stumble and fall, but on the Beloved’s arms I am firm as the eternal hill.

If left to the treachery of my heart, I shall shame your Name, but if enlightened, guided, upheld by your Spirit, I shall bring you glory.

Be my arm to support, my strength to stand, my light to see, my feet to run, my shield to protect, my sword to repel, my sun to warm.

To enrich me will not diminish your fullness; all your loving kindness is in your Son.  I bring him to you in the arms of faith.  I urge his saving Name as the one who died for me, I plead his blood to pay my debts of wrong.

Accept his worthiness for my unworthiness, his purity for my uncleanness, his sincerity for my guile, his meekness for my pride, his constancy for my backsliding, his love for my enmity, his fullness for my emptiness, his faithfulness for my treachery, his obedience for my lawlessness, his glory for my shame, his devotedness for my waywardness, his holy life for my unchaste ways, his righteousness for my dead works, his death for my life.

Special Iris

We have several Iris plants in our front courtyard, but these are not just any Iris plants. Betty’s Dad brought the first plants from the family cemetery in Alabama where Betty’s Mom was buried and where he is now buried – along with many of Betty’s ancestors.  He planted those initial plants in his yard in Tennessee.  Betty’s father gave her several of those plants years ago and they have traveled with us from house to house and now they reside in New Mexico.  So this first Iris blossom is very special for it reminds Betty of her family heritage.

 


So Will I

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Our first post is falling on a Sunday during the celebration of Easter.  We want to share the words from our current favorite song,  “So Will I” by Hillsong United.  We love these words as a prayer of our hearts on our journey with Jesus in the midst of our troubled world…

God of creation
There at the start
Before the beginning of time
With no point of reference
You spoke to the dark
And fleshed out the wonder of light

And as You speak
A hundred billion galaxies are born
In the vapor of Your breath the planets form
If the stars were made to worship so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made
Every burning star
A signal fire of grace
If creation sings Your praises so will I

God of Your promise
You don’t speak in vain
No syllable empty or void
For once You have spoken
All nature and science
Follow the sound of Your voice

And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
If it all reveals Your nature so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You say
Every painted sky
A canvas of Your grace
If creation still obeys You so will I

If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times

God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve done
Every part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I
I can see Your heart
Eight billion different ways
Every precious one
A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I

Like You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You’re the One who never leaves the one behind

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