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26/09/2022 03:00 - 27/09/2022 02:00

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" - Philippians 1:21 (NIV). 

There is a hymn, "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine" common to many with deep insightful meaning worth reflection here. The writer of these lyrics, Fanny Crosby, was an orphan who was diagnosed as blind at age three. She later trained as a musician and would go on to use her lyrical gifts to compose over 8000 hymns!

When she wrote, "Praising my saviour all day long" one might think of a privileged composer boastful of her possessions. Yet if anything aside from her being disabled and unable to write (her compositions and poems would be transcribed by someone else) Fanny was not spared of grief. She lost her only child to typhoid. In spite of her prodigious writings, she was cheated by her publishers and earned just a pittance. In the last years of her life she was found living in poverty.

In spite of a life beset with many hardships, Fanny wrote, "all is at rest," and that "I in my Savior am happy and blest"! The last stanza of one of her best hymns concludes, "Filled with His goodness, lost in His love" to the famous chorus, "This is my story, this is my song!"

Every life has a song. We can choose a tune that constantly complains of our poor run. But Fanny chose otherwise. Once she noted, "It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me. “What a positive and encouraging outlook to life, which is there for all of us

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the circumstances of my life, of which I find a lot to praise and look to life with hope, this I pray in Jesus's name

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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