May we never forget-God desires to meet us with mercy…

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Man may not be merciful at times, but God is. In fact, one of the most popular of all the psalms is Ps. 23 and it reminds us over and over again, as we meditate and think on God’s word as we are told to do, that ‘surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life’; that is, if we’ve decided to make the Lord our Shepherd!

God is merciful! It is in His being! He even gave a ‘plan’ to build His Tabernacle to Moses and the whole pattern was written up, but the very first place that God gave His pattern, was the Ark of the Covenant. He told Moses Himself that He would meet us at the mercy seat.

Have you ever looked at God’s plans? The whole pattern and plan is laid out for us in Exodus 25-28, of which I want…

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The pictures of surrendered servants…

In the midst of terror, we have pictures, pictures of surrendered servants…We can’t hear their voices, but we can…If you stop to hear, you can – you can.
You might not go to church, but you most likely are getting ‘the news’, so take time to listen, take time to hear.

Pictures of quiet amidst anger and terror, “Be Still and know I AM God,” was their pose. They called on His Name, they called on His Name, and they called Him again. They are our teachers, they knew ‘The Way’. There’s nothing ‘close-minded’ when watching a follower of ‘Truth’. The peace amidst terror proves Jesus was present, a very present help, an escape, a Door! Jesus Himself said, “I am the Way, truth and the LIFE”, life-forevermore!
It’s as if their stories are written in the hymns of old: “Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me, I pray! Power, all power surely is Thine! touch me and heal me, Savior divine!”

Wisdom did call out, and He’s calling today. In the voices of the martyrs we presently see everyday. You see ‘wisdom has been calling aloud in the streets'(Proverbs 1:20), but we’ve been moving so fast, most don’t stop to retreat. Wisdom cries at the head of noisy crossings and in chief gathering places, and even at the entrance of city gates, (Proverbs 1:21), but there’s no time for Jesus, not just yet, not just now…but we do enjoy the sweet voices singing God’s grace to be shed, Oh, how we enjoy the sweet voices, the sweet voices, and how…

Wisdom called, and the ones that gave ear, it seems have been treated in contempt, yet God is drawing them near, Nearer to Him, He promises to guard their path. Yes, He gives ear to their cry. His Spirit is poured out and grace abundant is given, they are watched by discretion and kept in understanding, and ultimately delivered from the evil man.(Proverbs 2:12). There is provision. Yes, those that hear Wisdom’s call, they ‘shall dwell securely'(Proverbs 1:33), and in ‘confident trust’ they shall be quiet without fear, nor dread of evil’ (Proverbs 1:33), because Wisdom has called, and Wisdom has called…you can know Him by name, the surrendered servants , they knew that great Name!
His Name is faithful,He’s conquered sin and death. Calling on Wisdom, calling on His Name,would carry them from life to LIFE. This they trusted and in stillness remained. And those ugly earthly garments that were put on their bodies would quickly in a moment, in a blinking of an eye be changed to white garments and glory and a crown.

But I don’t believe for one moment in time, that these surrendered servants held tight to their crowns – no, if we could only see them now, they are bowing before the King of all Kings, …
and they have laid their gold crowns at Jesus’ scarred feet.

Perhaps a church is not where you frequent, but God shares His mystery even in dark places. His Name was called in the darkest hour, and the lives of surrendered servants sing a song we must all know: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest name I know, Fills my every longing, Keeps me singing as I go.” The song they sing, they sing today, because in Jesus Name, they found everlasting life! May their voice be heard and you now heed the sound of Wisdom that cries out…yes, Wisdom cries…all around:

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.   Selah.

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; god will help her when the morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. the LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.     Selah.

“Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth. He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.(Psalm 46).

Is there comfort in our affliction?

“God, it’s comfort your people need. With bleeding hearts and righteous anger at injustice, we are in need… Your people, Your children around the world are in need…to see You. “Oh soul are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness to see? There’s a light for a look at the Savior. A light so abundant and free: (From the hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus).

Turn the Light on Lord God! For ‘You are our Shepherd’, we may be in ‘need’, but we are not in ‘want’ when we are enveloped in all that You are. “This is my comfort in my affliction,” we now know what it is, but we need You to speak, because it is written that the ‘comfort in our affliction’ is Your Word.

“So, ‘speak Lord, Your servants are listening.’ Help us to hear Your voice and remember. Remind us what’s true!
I have overcome this world in which you have great trial and tribulation, be of good cheer and do not fear.” (John 16:33, my paraphrase).
“Lord today’s tribulation is spoken of so clearly in Your word, in the Book of Revelation written so long ago. It’s the voice of the martyrs. We can hear the voices in the vision written by John, “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying,
“How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” (Revelation 6:9-11).

Yes Lord, help us remember the voice of the martyrs and shine that light…that light for a look at the Savior.

“Whoever declares openly -speaking out freely- and confesses that he is My worshipper and acknowledges Me before men, the Son of man also will declare and confess and acknowledge him before the angels of God.”( Luke 12:8, Amplified). This is My word. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” (Rev. 22:16).

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book… And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Rev. 22:7,12,13).

Comfort comes by the word of His testimony. Jesus speaks:“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. “And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.(John 16:1-3). “But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you at the beginning…” (John 16:4).

Comfort comes by the words of testimony, even of one of the disciples, recorded for us to read in the book titled, ‘Jesus Freaks’ by DC Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs. Comfort comes from the story, “Andrew, Peter’s brother, Greece 66AD, Not Afraid of the Cross, (pgs 149-151 in ‘Jesus Freaks’), not only must ‘their stories be told’ which is the heart of the Voice of the Martyrs, but the stories need to be heard and read and remembered over time:

“Andrew boldly looked the governor in the eye. ‘it is good for you, the judge of men, to first know your Judge who dwells in heaven,” he said, his voice ringing with the force of truth. “After you know Him, then worship Him, removing from your mind false gods and blind idols.” Christians all over the empire were being executed in obedience to a decree from the Roman Senate. Peter had been crucified a year earlier, and before this year would end, six more of the the original disciples, including Andrew, would be executed. Of the twelve, only John would remain on earth.

Andrew had voluntarily come to face Aegaeas, the governor, to persuade him not to persecute the many Christians Andrew had brought to the faith in the city of Patras. 

Andrew’s words angered the king. “Are you the same Andrew who has overthrown the temple of the gods and persuades men to be of that superstitious sect which Rom has now commanded to be abolished?”

Andrew answered, “The princes of the Romans do not understand the truth. The Son of God, coming from heaven into the world for man’s sake, has taught and declared how those idols, whom you so honor as gods, are not gods, but rather cruel devils, enemies to mankind. They teach the people to do things that are so offensive to God that He turns away. In serving the devil, people fall into all kinds of wickedness, and after they die, nothing remains for them but their evil deeds.”

“Enough!” the governor commanded. “Do not teach such things anymore or you will be fastened to the cross with all speed.”

Andrew answered, “If I were afraid of the death of the cross, I would not have preached about the majesty, honor, and glory of the cross.”

The governor then pronounced sentence, “This man is starting a new sect and taking away the religion of the Roman gods. I hereby sentence him to death by crucifixion.”

As Andrew was brought toward the place of execution, he saw, from afar off, the cross prepared for him. Instead of the fear that might be expected, fervent love for Jesus rose up in his heart. He cried out, “O cross, most welcome and long looked for! With a willing mind, I joyfully come to you, being the disciple of Him who hung on you.” As he neared the cross he said,” The nearer I come to the cross, the nearer I come to God; and the farther I am from the cross, the farther I remain from God.” 

For three days, the apostle hung on the cross. As long as he could move his tongue, he instructed all who stood nearby, encouraging them, “Remain steadfast in the word and doctrine which you have received, instructing one another, that you may dwell with God in eternity, and receive the fruit of His promises.”

After three days, the Christians asked the governor to take Andrew down from the cross and release him to them. But Andrew, hearing their plans, cried out, “O Lord Jesus Christ! Don’t let Your servant, who hangs here on the cross for Your name’s sake, be released to dwell again among men! Please receive me, O my Lord, my God! You I have known, You I have loved, to You I cling, you I desire to see, and in You I am what I am.”

Having spoken these words, he committed his spirit into the hands of the heavenly Father.” (Jesus Freaks,  of Andrew, Peter’s brother).

Perhaps the old hymn, “That Old Rugged Cross” was  first written in Andrews heart, lived out by his example, and today we are changed in our view of it by his testimony. In the midst of the pain, and heart ache, we  begin to more and more ‘cherish that old Rugged Cross’,and ‘cling to that ‘ol rugged cross’, and rejoice in the fact that someday, we will exchange it some day for a crown! How do we know these things to be true?

The powerful word of the Lord! That is how we draw near to God! We’ve got to know Him, we’ve got to remember! Remember what?…Remember these things: “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed,

having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 

Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. Therefore…

We are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore…

We make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-8).

This is comfort.”Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face…” But what does Jesus say about our enemies? Jesus said, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”(Matthew 5:44 NIV). “But God this is so hard,” we reply in our pain. Remember the cross, ‘that ‘ol rugged cross, Jesus was crucified and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34, NKJV).  “I will cling to the ‘ol rugged cross,’ and exchange it someday for a crown!”

“I once was lost, but now I’m found”…the heart of one who finally ‘sees’.

You’ve prepared a Table, and I’ve come at last, The broken bread, the poured out wine, were just memories of the past.

But today I’ve come, to the Table again, God, You know me, You’ve watched, I’ve broken Your heart, and not only Yours – Can I make a new start?

Which way am I going? Do I even know its end? It’s the end of ‘not caring’ – God help me care,  help me bend.

Revive me again, O Lord, You’re in my heart, but I’ve quenched Your great Spirit, forgive me, don’t depart.

I need you like all the old songs sing, like the flower needs the rain, refresh me again-

You forgive, You forgive,  You forgive evermore, take my hard heart and make it soft as before.

For You are the Potter, and I am the clay, mold me and break me and make me a new- that I would once more give wholehearted Praise, in simplicity, to You.

To You alone, I give You Praise, revive me O LORD and change my ways.

That my feet, that my hands, that my lips that speak, would give glory to You, Oh, God – my flesh is so weak –

So I ask from my heart at Your Table today, revive me again, make my spirit willing, time…

and time…

again.

Be my Savior, forgive all my sin, and may Your face shine upon me, yes, shine upon me, forever – forever and again.

Thank you for preparing this Table for me,  even in the presence of all my enemies, but today I come and I have come at last, what took me so long, Your love is so steadfast!

I see Your sacrifice was made just for me, I love You Lord Jesus. Thank You for First loving me.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Not just a ‘same ‘ol meal!’

To help us in the kitchen so we aren’t forced to prepare that ‘same ‘ol meal’, the food channel invites us in their kitchen providing instruction to prepare a fine table and delicious food, even from the ‘same ‘ol ingredients’ at times!

And of the Bible, are there not many, many wonderful locations to turn that invite satisfying rest, contentment, renewal and refreshment? Oh, how hungry we become daily for these things. How thirsty we are at times.

God’s word, even the most familiar of passages, wait to be opened and ‘chewed on’: “I’m here! “I’m here!”, He speaks in His quiet and still voice.
Beyond the dullness of the cover and what we think ‘seemingly rigid and plain content’ – when we make the choice to turn to some ‘fine’ instruction and food for the soul- oh how satisfied we become!

Oh how changed, refreshed and renewed our soul becomes! We become touched by the King, as we partake of a meal with the King of Kings.
Even perhaps a most familiar location, Psalm 23 provides a continual feast! CH Spurgeon’s heart sang this poem so rich and revealing of the King’s precious grace after writing of this ‘ol familiar place:

“He leads me to the place where heavenly pasture grows,
Where living waters gently pass, and full salvation flows.”
“If e’er I go astray, He doth my soul reclaim; and guides me in His own right way, for His most Holy Name.”(Ch Spurgeon’s devotional Bible, of Ps. 23).

This is what the Word can do! It can make wise hearts who heed to sing! Snack on this through the course of the day and discover contentment along the way. Even with ‘ingredients’ as familiar as this, when recited once, twice and even more through the day, you will discover this is not just that ‘same ‘ol’ meal. It’s new every day with great nourishment and truth,

” The Lord is my Shepherd”…yet He is a King! And not only that, He’s the King of all Kings, but add this to the flavors, add this to make it so sweet, He’s MY Shepherd, He’s MY King! Yes, this Jesus, He’s MINE!
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” This is a meal most satisfying, so refreshing! Open up the Word, even those familiar places, and discover it’s not just that ‘same ‘ol meal ‘.

The Spirit will show you, it’s ‘fine dining’ with the King in His presence, in His house with His most precious treasure, yes , that would be …you and me.

When winter comes,…(In honor of my friends that held on for spring!)

Has ‘winter’ hit? “For the times, they are a changing” sings a song from years gone by, but the words ‘ring’ true today with great clarity. Change often comes like a ‘blast of winter!’ Has life suddenly been hit with ‘winter’… a time of darkness and cold? A time of silence and question? A time of challenge and hardship? Seasons change however! They come, and we must remember, seasons go. Winter does turns to spring. God does that. But first, we have to ‘get through the winter!’
Job was afflicted with winter, and his thoughts are recorded: “So I have been allotted months of futility, And wearisome nights have been appointed to me…” (Job 7:3). How do we get through the ‘winter?’ When ‘your soul clings to the dust’, God breathes in His word: “Revive me according to Your word.” (Psalm 119:25).

Stories revive us. God’s stories revive us. The stories declaring God’s work in other’s lives revive us! When winter comes and the motion and color of the world have been ‘knocked out of us’, God help us to ‘Fret Not,'( Psalm 37:1!) and help us to Be Still and read not just ‘a’ good book, but THE GOOD BOOK, and speak to one another Psalms and Hymns and spiritual songs that we might be revived even before the revival.

C.H. Spurgeon writes in his devotional, “Beside Still Waters”: The Battle is God’s – Receive a fresh assurance of God’s goodness, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15).May the Holy Spirit bear witness to this sweet promise. May He strengthen and comfort you, and may you be delivered even before deliverance comes.”

I share a picture story – imagine 1887, a young woman who survived the Civil War as a teenager, who kept up her studies in school amidst great trial, who loved the Lord and made choices to please Him. This young woman was hired to teach in a school by the name of “the Northern Home for Friendless Children”(…what thoughts come to mind after reading a name like that?!)

So, one day, in this Northern Home for Friendless Children, Eliza E. Hewitt, age 35 at the time, was struck by an unruly student. A slate was slammed across her, severely injuring her back. In 1887, if you found yourself with a severe injury to the back, you were placed in a heavy cast for 6 months! Eliza was only 35 years old, yet she probably , in her long term immobility began to doubt she would even walk again! Can we say that Eliza was ‘hit’ with winter!

How do we get through WINTER? Well, needless to say, Eliza had no where to go. But instead of ‘fret’, it is evident that she devoted some of that time to Bible reading. How do I know? The story goes that after the cast was finally removed in early 1887, she was encouraged to take a short walk in the park. That very day, a hymn was penned by Eliza E. Hewitt called “Sunshine in My Soul”. Her winter had turned to spring:

“There is sunshine in my soul today, More glorious and bright Than glows in any earthly sky, for Jesus is my light.”
“Other’s sunshine, blessed sunshine, When the peaceful happy moments roll. When Jesus shows His smiling face, There is sunshine in my soul.”

“There is music in my soul today, A carol to my King; And Jesus, listening can hear The songs I cannot sing.”
“Other’s sunshine, blessed sunshine, When the peaceful happy moments roll. When Jesus shows his smiling face, There is sunshine in my soul.”

“There is springtime in my soul today, for when the Lord is near The dove of peace sings in my heart, The flow’rs of grace appear.”
“Other’s sunshine, blessed sunshine, When the peaceful happy moments roll. When Jesus shows his smiling face, There is sunshine in my soul.”

“There is gladness in my soul today, And hope and praise and love, for blessings which He gives me now, For joys ‘laid up’ above!”

I honor again, some friends who are no longer with us, but are an evident part of our lives even today. Changes came upon them suddenly, winter arrived in their lives like a harsh-cold blast. But ‘Fret not’ they heeded, as best they could trusting and waiting and hoping in God. Committing their way to the LORD, they did. And believing God’s word saying, “And He shall bring it to pass.”(Ps. 37:5).

Yes, I honor my friends for this is their witness: “Why are you downcast, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:5).

I write to give honor to God and to make mention of these friends, because God called their names, personally, and they answered His call. And a tough winter came, but God was faithful to bring spring: God called and said, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away.””Fo lo, the winter is past,…”
“The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come…” (Song of Solomon 2:10-12).

I honor my friends by sharing Eliza’s hymn and story, because they lived lives that sang: “Other’s sunshine, blessed sunshine, When the peaceful happy moments roll. When Jesus shows His smiling face, There is sunshine in my soul.”

true beauty…’broken vessels and frayed tapestries’

Broken vessels and frayed tapestries…
by tonirypkema

“God, You are my witness-you see the broken vessel, You see the frayed tapestry…

Empty the impatience, empty the anxiety – when in my heart I cry “Give me a break!” That I might remember, time and time again that You already have. Having owed a payment of death for my sin, You, Jesus said, “I do.” And You have committed to love me, whether or not I even notice.

God, You are my witness- there is nothing hidden from You. Deeply woven in me is a sense of ‘justice!’ Inside of my being are threads that ‘life should be fair!’ I feel as if my wait is ‘forever’ for things to be ‘right’. But You remain silent, like a great Mystery that yearns to be unfolded; and in my discontent I am stopped, to take notice that You, the Master Artist, are waiting with a bleeding heart,even blood coming out of Your pores; You are waiting for me…

to see that You – love, and You – accept, and You – forgive. I only see ‘dimly’ for now, but will You empty me, so I can be filled with more of the love and acceptance and forgiveness that You possess.

God, You are my witness – You see the competition, You see the comparisons, You see the insecurities, and all of the pride. Yes, even the rudeness and evil thoughts are clear in Your view. This is all ‘knit’ deep within my being. Rip it all out Lord! Rip these threads from me and weave in it’s place that Scarlet thread of death to myself so that I might be filled, filled with the fullness of You.

Oh, these broken vessels and frayed tapestries!

Fill me with Your Spirit of comfort and help. Abide in me and caress my heart with Your love continually that it remain warm and soft. Work in me a change in my cold-hard heart, like the change in the waterpots filled with only water and transformed to wine ; from common to an uncommon ‘joyful’ heart and ‘joyful’ soul! Not that I might have more for me, but that I may offer all that You have given me, to others. There is a lot of ‘common’, I need the uncommon ‘joy’. You are the Potter, I am the clay.

God, You are my witness – You bear with me, that I might bear with others in “all things”. (1 Cor. 13) You know that I don’t. Weave in me the Scarlet Thread, that turns death into life.

You believe the best of me and all those around me. You know that sometimes I don’t. Weave the Golden Thread of “believes all things” (1 Cor. 13), in this workmanship of Yours. That my thoughts would be ‘good’ and of ‘a good report’. (Phil 4).

Yes, God, You are my witness – You see the hopelessness and the ‘heart failure’ in me at times. Empty this dross, that the Silver lining of hope would envelope my being and be weaved in my soul – “hoping all things.” (1 Cor 13).

That I might be emptied, but newly filled, torn and ripped out, but re-woven …”to endure all things.”(1 Cor 13). With You – broken vessels and frayed tapestries are nothing- because Your love, God – it never fails.

I love You Jesus, keep working on me. In Jesus name, Let it be so, Amen.”

To my friend who is brokenhearted today…

Are you broken-hearted? Do you NOT understand what the Lord is doing? I wrote this many years ago for my friend Jenny. You see, she had been paralyzed, unable to move in the course of 24 hours, from some ‘unknown virus’, etc. Jenny had ‘sudden crisis’ come upon her, but she chose to ‘believe God’ who promised healing to her in her inner being. God did not ‘heal’ her the way she or we were expecting- much like the way Jesus didn’t meet the expectations of the Jews back in the day in taking over the cruel Roman rule on their lives. But God was faithful to every promise. God gave my friend Jenny an outpouring of his grace and He gave her a peace and filled her to the brim with love. God is still using my dear friend, who is alive with Him now and completely healed, because she was a witness to me. And because I am surrounded by a ‘great cloud of witnesses’ I am encouraged each day to ‘lay aside every weight and sin that so easily entangles me’ and today… I have courage to ‘run the race’ the Lord has set for me. Let us be ‘encouraged’ to ‘take courage’ and fix our eyes on Jesus! We have everything to win, and nothing to lose…well, except our own ‘selfishness!’ Thank you Jenny for running your race with excellence!

See God's Hand

It is one thing to go through a trial yourself, but in a moment to hear that a friend is suffering from a broken heart- what then? What words can we pray? There are no words we can say.

The God of all comfort, the Father of mercies it is said in the Bible that He comforts us in all our trials,(2 Cor. 1:3,4). “There is a river whose springs shall make glad the city of God…”(Ps. 46:4).”The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.” (Ps. 46:4-5).
Aren’t we reminded that we ‘are the temple of the Living God’:”Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).<strong> “God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God…

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perhaps I play a 1 stringed guitar

A little poem, and a hymn, and one message – again:

“Speak to yourselves, children young and old. Speak to yourselves in the hymns that are told. Over ages and ages, time after time, God’s word implores us to speak and hear truth, so through the trials of life, God Himself clears our minds. Through clouds and rain, His presence restores strength.  The dark clouds will come, but the Holy Spirit comforts and directs our fearful steps. In the name of Jesus, a forward march we make. His name is power and precious and salvation the same.”

Call unto Him. Call on Jesus by name. Discover yourself His Nature, His frame. He is gracious, and compassionate. He suffers long.

He waits for each of us, to again, sing His Song. He loves. Not like man. He loves unconditionally, in any state that we’re in.

Tired and grumpy, even messed up in sin.  He loves us completely. He waits for us to turn our face towards Him.

Remedy in a hymnal read out loud. Even though the melody may not be present, the words speak truth’s sound:

“I heard the voice of Jesus Say,

  1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Come unto Me and rest;
    Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
    Thy head upon My breast.”
    I came to Jesus as I was,
    Weary and worn and sad;
    I found in Him a resting place,
    And He has made me glad.
  2. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Behold, I freely give
    The living water; thirsty one,
    Stoop down, and drink, and live.”
    I came to Jesus, and I drank
    Of that life-giving stream;
    My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
    And now I live in Him.
  3. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “I am this dark world’s Light;
    Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,
    And all thy day be bright.”
    I looked to Jesus, and I found
    In Him my Star, my Sun;
    And in that light of life I’ll walk,
    Till trav’ling days are done.
  4. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “My Father’s house above
    Has many mansions; I’ve a place
    Prepared for you in love.”
    I trust in Jesus—in that house,
    According to His word,
    Redeemed by grace, my soul shall live
    Forever with the Lord.

His work is complete. He waits to offer His forgiveness, His grace. He’s paid our debt on the cross.  The Story is the same, yesterday, today, forever. Year after year, we have opportunity to come to Him. Jesus is calling, even our very name, to draw near.