This week of Thanksgiving has been filled with more events, people, and emotions than most in the months preceding. Expectations have been joyfully upended, while others were left wanting. And a myriad words remain to describe it.
In The Valley of Vision moments ago, I read a few of those words that aptly serve as a backdrop. It is titled, “Contentment”:
If I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty,
make my heart prize thy love,
know it, be constrained by it,
though I be denied all blessings.
It is thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants,
for by these trials I see my sins,
and desire severance from them.
Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows, temptations,
if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil,
and be delivered from it with gratitude to thee,
acknowledging this as the highest testimony of thy love.
When they Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin, he became more dear to me than sin had formerly been;
his kindly rule replaced sin’s tyranny.
Teach me to believe that if ever I would have any sin subdued
I must not only labour to overcome it,
but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it,
and he must become to me more than vile lust had been;
that his sweetness, power, life may be there.
Thus I must seek a grace from him contrary to sin,
but must not claim it apart from himself.
When I am afraid of evils to come,
comfort me by showing me
that in myself I am a dying, condemned wretch,
by in Christ I am reconciled and live;
that in myself I find insufficiency and no rest,
by in Christ there is satisfaction and peace;
that in myself I am feeble and unable to do good,
by in Christ I have ability to do all things.
Though now I have his graces in part,
I shall shortly have them perfectly
in that state where thou wilt show thyself fully reconciled,
and alone sufficient, efficient, loving me completely,
with sin abolished.
O Lord, hasten that day.
I am thankful this week for so many gifts that these lines will only lightly tell. For new friends and heart connections in unexpected places, I praise God. To be understood is the objective of many of my writings, and to meet a couple who has read, relates, and knows is sweetness to my soul. And that they understand and validate my wife, this is greater still.
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up. God is our salvation.” ~Psalm 68:19
For family near and far, new and old, I exalt the Lord. Their love is not variable and thus is like unto God’s. They give us good gifts from their hearts and remind us how much more He does. They accept and embrace and remain. And they are beautifully different in wonderful ways such that each of their loves is refreshing.
“May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!'” ~Psalm 70:4
For home and work, coworkers and friends, drought and plenty, silence and rejoicing, indeed, our God is great. Thank you, Lord, for the abundance of emotions and events that overflowed here today. In every place, among every people, may you be blessed.