Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Great is Thy Faithfulness

This was originally posted on the WV Christian Women's Network blog.

Yet there is one ray of hope:  his compassion never ends.  It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction.  Great is His faithfulness; His loving kindness begins afresh each day.  My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in Him.
Lamentations 3: 21-24

 After a very busy weekend with family, it was Sunday morning and I had overslept! 
My family and I had missed Church, it was 10 after 10 when I woke up and Church starts at 10 o’clock.  So it began; that gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach…guilt.  Why hadn’t I heard the alarm?  The kids would be disappointed.  I was disappointed, in myself!  While I was in stress mode, I prayed, “God forgive me, help me to do better.”  Instantly there was a song in my head playing over and over,  “Great is Thy Faithfulness”,  I couldn’t shake it, the hymn kept playing over and over like one of my kids when they learn a new song and sing it over and over.  So I prayed again, “God why this song?  I feel bad about missing church, I know I am not as faithful to you as you are to me…” My prayer lingered there, hovering over the last words, “not as faithful to you as you are to me.”  It stung!  What if my husband had said something like that to me?  I would be devastated!  I felt like apologizing, how can I ever be as faithful to God?  Then the stinging faded… the song continued, since I didn’t have a hymnal on hand it was chorus and verses all over the place, but certain words were stronger like God was speaking them to me.

Great is thy faithfulness, Oh God my father.  There is no shadow of turning with thee, Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not, As thou hast been,Thou forever will be

You don’t  want to punish me, you have compassion for me!  I’m feeling better…

Great is Thy faithfulness, Great is Thy faithfulness.  Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.  Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me …

I see your mercy dear Lord, everyday you love me, you know I am going to make mistakes…

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth. Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide, Your strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine with ten thousand aside

No more guilt… just a peace that I am your child.  You want me to be faithful, and understand when I fall short…your presence this morning did just that…cheered me and guided me.

Sunday morning was just reassurance to me.  I know I am going to mess up in life, nothing I do will be perfect.  I will not be the perfect wife, mother, friend or even the perfect Christian!  I just thank God that my best is all he asks for, and I am so grateful that he is faithful, constant, unchanging and merciful!

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