Sunday, January 26, 2014

Are You?

If you're a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that I go to worship God, on my Lord's Day.  In a few hours, I'll be heading out to meet with my church family, for that very purpose!

A couple of SONdays ago, we had guests at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church.  The couple were missionaries that we support.

During the message, the husband referred to a hymn that has great meaning to me. 

It was a hymn that my now deceased husband Gordon and I heard on a radio, while we were being driven on a local bus from Philipsburg, on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, to Marigot, on the French side of the island.  Hearing this hymn that day, was something we would never forget.

As the hymn played, our driver was racing down the island's road.  We were almost involved in a head on collision.  After the driver got control again, we looked at each other, and laughed at how the hymn was so relevant to our situation!

Something else sticks out in my mind, when I think of this hymn. 

I think about the sinking of the ship, Titanic.  I think about how the Christian musicians who were going down with the ship, took it upon themselves to not panic, but trust in their Lord.  Instead of becoming out of control, they stayed calm.  Together, they used their instruments to play this hymn (this was confirmed by survivors who heard them). 

The hymn was written by Sarah Flower Adams, and is entitled, Nearer My God to Thee.  Here is a link to a Youtube video, showing the Christian musicians were playing this hymn, as they awaited their final moments, before meeting God:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj-1b1Yvep8.

And, here is a link to music, with lyrics that you can listen to, or sing along with:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwLl5nY5WPI.  Here are the lyrics.

Nearer My God to Thee

Nearer my God to Thee, Nearer to Thee!
E'en tho' it be a cross that raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Tho' like a wanderer,
The sun gone down, darkness be over me,
My rest a stone, yet in my dreams I'd be,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Then let the way appear, steps up to heaven;
All that Thou sendest me,
In mercy given; angels to beckon me,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Then, with my waking thoughts, bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs, Bethel I'll raise;
So by my woes to be,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Or, if on joyful wing, cleaving the sky, 
Caught up to meet my King, swiftly I fly,
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee...


Yes, our God is near to us.  He never leaves us, nor forsakes us.

He has told us that we need to trust Him and not falter, or become weak and lose strength.

Thinking of this, brought to mind Galatians 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

Believe me when I say that there are times when I question my life.  And, wonder what God's reason is for all the suffering I've experienced in my life.

When this happens, I take a deep breath.  In through my nose, and out through my mouth. 

Then, I remind myself that those who overcome, will be saved.

Hallelujah! 

Are you an overcomer?  Are you saved?

Trust in Jesus Christ, and you will be saved!  Read God's Word, and you'll understand what He expects of you.

I'll be praying for you.  Thank you for praying for me.


Until next time...

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