The past month has been a blur of activity, emotion, and just general stuff of life. I have had some wonderful time with family, watched my 4 1/2 month old son Benjamin laugh a LOT, listened to the endless stories from the mouth of my two year old daughter, grieved the death of my grandfather, dealt with car troubles, had the privilege to lead some refreshing times of corporate worship in song, and had the opportunity to teach the Bible a couple of times with some Campus Crusade students at NDSU. The next thing on the list is a date with my wife... which will be happening soon! :-)
In all these things, in good or bad, frustration or joy, I have been anchored in one thing... Jesus Christ, in His mercy and because of His death, saved my soul.
I have no other anchor on which to hold.
As I was preparing my thoughts for this belated post I loaded up my blog reader and right at the top was a posting from a blog I frequent called Between Two Worlds from a guy I greatly respect named Justin Taylor. His post was PERFECT for my thoughts today and so in good Ecclesiastes 1:9 fashion I post this puritan prayer taken from Valley of Vision).
May this be what I preach to myself every day!
"Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
bore a thorned crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
expired that I might for ever live."
A Puritan Prayer~Valley of Vision