Monday, August 20, 2018

But Mostly Lord, We Thank You For...

Yesterday many from our church family had the privilege of witnessing 26 baptisms, 
listening to 26 declarations of faith in Jesus in a language foreign to us in dialect 
but familiar to us in praise. 
One line stands out to me still as I reflect on the day; a line in a prayer,
"but mostly Lord, we thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ"

Oh, what a glorious reason we have for Hope,
for waking up each morning and pressing on in spite of all that life seems not...
Jesus reigns, victorious over sin and death!

1 John 5:13-14
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

…for courage to step forward
Into Time’s Great Unknowns
For kindness of new morning
To polish stepping stones
We thank You for each season
Filled with favors from high
But above all, Hope’s Reason
Your love and grace supply

…for bread to feed the body
For Word to feed the soul
For mercy heaped on mercy
While age to ages roll
For loved ones to come home to
For rest when toil is done
But most of all we thank You
For Jesus Christ, Your Son

For harvest’s holy humbling
For mysteries of prayer
Where words, oft frail and fumbling
Climb earth-to-heaven’s stair
…and there You release Something
That faith alone can see
Your peace past understanding
Through Truth that sets us free

For blessings that we hold, Lord
We offer songs of praise
For more than we deserve, Lord
You overflow our days
But then we think how beggared
Each earth-blessing would be
Without Jesus who suffered
And died at Calvary

…to purchase mankind’s pardon
To triumph over death
To grant to living’s burden
More than mere-breath-to-breath
…to put Your worth within us
Where hallelujahs swell
With thank-you God, for Jesus
Who saves our souls from hell

© Janet Martin

 Galatians 3:26
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

(doesn't this promise move you to humble tears of joy and worship?!)
Doesn't this promise move us to forgive others as He forgave us; fully?!)

What Jesus puts within us
Nobody else can give
Love's holy, highest purpose
In every day we live! 

1 Peter 1:3-6
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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