May 16, Today’s thought – A Favorite Hymn

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Good Morning

Once again we come
It is number 9 in the Hymnal of the Church of God.

When I was a young girl,
my family attended the Church of God in Kerman, CA.
Brother C. Craig was the pastor.
One of the members, Brother Armbrewster
(forgive me if the spelling is wrong),
was a German who didn’t speak much English;
but he had a strong faith in God.
He must have been in his sixties.
Whenever the song leader asked
if anyone wanted to pick a song to sing;
Brother Armbrewster always picked #9.
I don’t know if he didn’t know the numbers to any other songs
or if this one was his favorite.
I always think of him when we sing #9 as a congregation.
It is one of my favorite hymns.
I remember that his daughter
was one of my Sunday School teachers;
and that in that little country church
was where the seeds of my faith in God were planted.

1 Once again we come to the house of God,
To unite in songs of praise;
To extol with joy our Redeemer’s name,
And to tell His wondrous ways.

Refrain:
To Thy house, O Lord, with rejoicing we come,
For we know that we are Thine;
We will worship Thee in the Bible way,
As the evening light doth shine.

2 In the days gone by, Thou hast been our stay,
Thou hast led us safely on
To the blessed light of the present day,
Where the darkness now is gone. [Refrain]

3 May our hearts, O Lord, e’er united be
In true fellowship and love;
May Thy will be done by us here on earth,
As by angel hosts above. [Refrain]

4 May our prayers ascend as an incense sweet,
And our praise accepted be,
As in gratitude all our hearts o’erflow
In a tribute unto Thee. [Refrain]
~~Charles W. Naylor

Letting my heart overflow with gratitude. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 8, Today’s thought — The Way Back

May 6 garden velma 017Dutch Iris at Grandma Crain’s

Good Afternoon

Have faith in God. Mark 11:22

In the catacombs, we are told, explorers take a thread with them through all the dark passages and tortuous windings, and by this thread find their way back again to the light. There is such a thread running through all the dark corridors with we tread, and if we simply, practically trust in God we shall steer past every peril and land in the world of light. This is the counsel to remember in all the perplexities of our actual life.

There is an answer to every questioning “Why” It is this: Have Faith in God.

Have faith that He knows all, sympathizes with all, can rectify, what is amiss in all! Have faith in the outworking of His beneficent purpose: that the ruin will become a magnificent pile; the desert will blossom into a garden. Have faith in God. Keep close to Him–His side, His will–and He will teach us the true thing, the right way. Have faith that God knows and that we shall know by and by, why things are as they are.

Follow the thread of faith . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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