Friday, November 24, 2017

Keeping Our Eyes On The Big Picture

As eyes begin to turn Christmas-ward 
may we see Bethlehem
and when we see Bethlehem 
may we see Calvary
and when we see Calvary 
may we with tender love
see our fellowman
and in humility
Love one another
in every way we can

 My heart goes out especially to those who have had a really hard year
and all we can do is trust the One who has been there
and knows the hurt of hardship
and holds all the answers in His love

Lord, help us trust You for the How when reason seems unjust
Once thorns, not roses pierced the brow of Thee who pitied us
The hands that touched and healed the sick were pierced with driven nails
But still You kept Your father’s will because He never fails

Lord, not for gain of riches vain, forbid that we aspire
But love for fellowman, let this set humble hearts on fire
And help us not to count the cost, for once on Calvary
You gave Your all to save the lost and set sin’s captive free

Lord, when faith fain would stumble beneath burdens hard to bear
When mouth is drained of answers as it lifts the heart in prayer
Protect us from prisons of doubt in spite of what we see
And turn our eyes to look upon the Love of Calvary

…for Lord, we suffer nothing that you did not suffer more
No place to lay Your head, You came, knowing what lay in store
From heaven’s throne to earthy groan Lord, King of kings You came
Author of hope, we cling to You and praise your worthy Name

© Janet Martin

 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

How flat our words of encouragement would be without living hope!

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, 
so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures 
and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4

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