Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blessed Assurance Hymn

Words: Fanny Crosby, 1873:
Fanny Crosby reflects:  "My friend, Mrs. Jo­seph F. Knapp, com­posed a mel­o­dy and played it over to me two or three times on the pi­a­no. She then asked what it said. I re­plied, “Bles­sed as­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine!""

This hymn was sung in the 1985 Acad­e­my Award win­ning mo­vie, “Trip to Bount­i­ful.” 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sweeter as the Years Go Hymn

Every time the hymn "Sweeter As The Years Go By" comes to mind, I remember the family and relatives of my childhood friend, Sharon.  Her family, together with her uncles and aunts, used to sing this in church during their family re-consecration.  I wish I know where she is now, and pray that life is as sweet as before... Jesus' love is sweeter.

Sweeter As The Years Go By
Words & Music: Leila N. Morris, 1912

1.  Of Jesus’ love that sought me, when I was lost in sin;
Of wondrous grace that brought me back to His fold again;
Of heights and depths of mercy, far deeper than the sea,
And higher than the heavens, my theme shall ever be.


Sweeter as the years go by, sweeter as the years go by,
Richer, fuller, deeper, Jesus’ love is sweeter,
Sweeter as the years go by.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Great is Thy Faithfulness

God's faithfulness is new every morning.

Even if it appears that we are alone, we are not. God is with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us; he promised that. One of my lifelong favourite hymns, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" says: "... Thou changest not thy compassion, they fail not. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me." 

And for a significant reason, I've revisited the hymn first thing this morning.

Sometimes in the midst of trials, lingering illness included, we feel so unloved, alone, hurt, unappreciated, and abandoned.  Or, for no reason we are depressed and can't even figure out why. We also feel letdown after some event's excitement only to find we have overspent excessively, perhaps blowing our budget the year through. Well, you are not alone.  But all those things will eventually pass as God shows his faithfulness.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Forgiveness: I'm Sorry

Having difficulty forgiving? You are not alone. 

As we go through life striving to find our peace of mind, situations may frustrate us as some people can rub us the wrong way consciously or not,  and cause us to respond eye for an eye.   

The Devil's intent is always to spoil that which is good. Even before God's gift of life was ours, he stated his assault in the Garden of Eden. But God in His mercies will not let His power be defeated. Side by side the Devil lures us to sell our souls to him like he does to Dr. Faustus. But through storms of life, God is ever nearby ready for us, if we but seek his help.  Once again, God takes our hand with His own forgiving grasp.